The Spaniard rider, Marc Marquez, who was benched for the Portugurse Algarve MotoGP, has also been ruled out of the season finale in Valencia, which is to take place at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Cheste next weekend.
The news was released by his team, HRC, this Tuesday via a press release, as well as by Marquez himself on social networks. In the official note, the team explains that Marquez suffers from vision problems and a poor general state of health ten days after the reportedly mild concussion that he suffered during an off-road training session on Saturday the 30 of October.
Given the persistence of those eyesight symptoms, the pilot from Cervera decided to pay a visit to ophthalmologist Sanchez Dalmau at the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona for a more thorough examination.
Marc Marquez to miss Valencia Grand Prix and Jerez Test
— Repsol Honda Team (@HRC_MotoGP) November 9, 2021
In the consultation, a diplopia (double vision) was detected, the same pathology that in 2011 prevented him from fighting for the Moto2 crown.
“The examination carried out on Marc Marquez today after the accident that occurred has confirmed that the rider has diplopia and has revealed a paralysis of the fourth right nerve with involvement of the right superior oblique muscle. A conservative treatment with periodic updates has been chosen to follow with the clinical evolution. This fourth right nerve is the one that was already injured in 2011” – Confirmed Doctor Sanchez Dalmau-.
Marc Marquez, for his part, has published a message on social networks where he explains his current situation with his usual optimism and determination.
These are hard moments, it seems that when it rains, it pours. After visiting Dr. Sánchez Dalmau, a new episode of diplopia (double vision) was confirmed like 2011. We need patience but if I have learned one thing it's to face adversity with positivity. Thanks for your support!💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/bRN5yop37u
— Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) November 9, 2021
He will also miss Jerez’ tests
In addition to missing the Portuguese and Spanish rounds, the six-time MotoGP World Champion will also have to pass on the tests which are scheduled for November 18 and 19 at the Jerez Circuit, and which are considered crucial to inform the development of the 2022 machine.
His absence at these key post-season testing sessions is also a severe setback for the improvement and overall performance of the RC213V in the next World Championship. Let’s not forget that Marc Marquez has been in charge of fine-tuning the Japanese beast since his arrival in the team.
A persistent lesion
As indicated by doctor Dalmau, his famous patient suffers from the same injury he had in 2011. On that occasion, the concussion occurred after two very serious falls and another blow to the head and the subsequent lesion was his worst motorcycling injury to date.
After his second crash in Sepang in early October 2011, Marc Marquez had both blurred and double vision. Following the accident, he missed that round in the hope that he would be able to return for the next race in Valencia.
His condition, however, deteriorated and he was unable to fight for the Moto2 title. At the end of the season and after several weeks, his recovery came to a halt as he still had not completely recovered the vision in his right eye. At the time, Marc Marquez came to fear for his professional career and his very eyesight.
He finally went under the knife in January 2012 for a paralysis of the right upper oblique muscle which had been caused by the accident in Malaysia three months prior. After the delicate eye operation, Marc Marquez had to wait for over four months to be able to resume competing.
Images of Marc Marquez: Repsol-Honda Team.