Marc Márquez to miss MotoGP season opener in Qatar

A major disappointment for Marc Márquez’ fans but a great relief for his opponents who feared an imminent return of the MotoGP legend to the World Championship. The Spaniard confirmed today via social networks that he will not be taking part in any of the first two Grand Prixs that are scheduled to take place consecutively this weekend (March 26-28) and the following (April 2-4) at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. 

“After the latest examination by the medical team, I have been advised by my doctors that the most prudent thing to do is to not participate in the Qatar GP and continue working on the fitness plan that we have been following in recent weeks”.  – Explained the #93 -. 

I would have loved to be able to participate in the inaugural race of the World Championship, but I have to continue my training until I reach the optimal physical condition to return to the competition”. – Concluded the Catalan legend -. 

His words, as well as the official press release from Repsol Honda that follows below, came after the latest evaluation of Marc’s right arm this very Monday. The team of doctors led by Samuel Antuña and Ignacio Roger de Oña, who operated on him for the third time on December 3, have verified an improvement in the consolidation of his right arm fifteen weeks after the surgery but they have nevertheless, advised the champion not to expose himself to the risks of racing. In this way, the doctors consider that the most appropriate thing to do is to wait a little longer for the affected humerus to continue consolidating.

Marc Márquez was very clear right from the first moment he decided to put himself in the hands of these renowned specialists. He advised them to only allow him to resume competing when his arm was ready to endure further trauma without major consequences, because, as he reminded doctors, his riding style was such that falls were to be expected.

Despite not taking part in the GP, Marc Marquez will travel to Qatar to receive the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. After that, he will continue his strength and endurance training ahead of his next exam, scheduled for April 12, four days before the Portuguese GP and third stop on the calendar in Portimao. 

Obviously, this has been a hard blow for Marc ‘s millions of fans, especially after the positive reports that followed his first contact with a motorcycle last week when the Spaniard successfully returned to riding on a circuit after eight months in the dry dock. Márquez first took to the track of the Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya last Wednesday (March 17) for a private test the experience was so good that only 48 hours later he did the same in Portimao. 

On both occasions, Marc Marquez rode an RC213V-S -a street Honda similar to the MotoGP one- and did not feel any pain in the injured area. After that, it seemed quite plausible for Marc to re-join the championship for its inaugural rounds in the Middle East, but it was not to be. Fans will just have to wait and see how their hero evolves over the following weeks.

Honda´s official statement

Marc Marquez, together with his medical team from the Hospital Ruber Internacional, have considered it prudent not to re-join competition this weekend in Qatar. In the review carried out on the Spanish rider by the medical team led by Doctors Samuel Antuña and Ignacio Roger de Oña, and made up of Doctors De Miguel, Ibarzabal and García Villanueva, 15 weeks after surgery for an infected pseudoarthrosis of the right humerus, a good clinical response has been found after the intensification of his training.

However, considering the time period and the current state of the bone consolidation process, doctors consider it prudent and necessary not to accelerate Marc Marquez’s return to the track after such an inactive time, and to avoid putting the humerus at risk in intense competition. Marquez will undergo another medical check on Monday, April 12.

Images of Marc Marquez: Repsol Honda.

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