Marinelarena wakes from coma

Moto2 rider Alex Marinelarena awoke from a medically-induced coma on Thursday - a week after suffering head injuries in pre-season testing.

The 21-year-old Spaniard, due to contest the 2014 season with the Tech3 Racing Team, suffered a heavy fall last Thursday which initially knocked him unconscious. Although Marinelarena regained consciousness and was able to communicate with the Paul Ricard circuit's medical staff, he was placed into an induced coma on his arrival at Saint-Anne hospital in Toulon.

A team statement confirmed: "Alex Marinelarena... awoke this morning from the medically induced coma he was put under. After nearly one week in a deep sleep, the 21-year-old rider was today able to move his arms and legs as well as speak.

"Further examinations will now follow to clarify his condition, but the recovery process has already started.

"The Marinelarena family and the whole Tech3 Racing Team wish to thank everyone sincerely for the numerous thoughts and wishes sent during these tough days."