Marinelarena placed in a coma

Moto2 rider Alex Marinelarena has been placed into an induced coma following a pre-season testing crash at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.

The 21-year-old Spaniard, due to contest the 2014 season with the Tech3 Racing Team, suffered a heavy fall on Thursday afternoon which initially knocked him unconscious.

Although Marinelarena regained consciousness and was able to communicate with the circuit's medical staff, he was placed into a medically-induced coma on his arrival at Saint-Anne hospital in Toulon.

A team statement on Friday morning confirmed no further information on Marinelarena's condition was currently available.