Spanish motorcycling legend Marc Marquez has March 26 circled in red on his calendar. That is the date, less than ten days away, which will see the curtain raise on the 2021 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar.
All his efforts are currently focused on being fit enough to take part in that opening event of the World Cup, after being absent from the competition since last July when he got injured during the Spanish GP.
Marc was eager to “intensify the strength and mobility recovery program with a view to progressively returning to competitive driving” – as stated by the doctors’ report -.
Marquez was in fact so hungry to get back into action that he even went riding a mini motorcycle at a circuit near his home on the very same day that he was given the good news by his doctors. That proved to be a very positive first experience, and so Marc rested for a few days and then scheduled a more demanding second test.
The place chosen for the occasion was the Montmelo Circuit in Barcelona, which closed its doors so that the Marc Marquez could train undisturbed. The bike chosen for the occasion was a Honda RC213V-S. Although this is not his MotoGP machine, it is the closest thing to the untamed beast that made him hit the floor in Andalusia.
Marc Marquez needed to put his injured right arm and the rest of his physique to the test in order to truly appraise its fitness after being so long in the dry dock. Listening to his words following that test day, as well as to other witnesses’ accounts, it seems that the experience and the sensations have been very positive.
Marc managed to complete a very intense day of testing. The morning session started at 11:20 and lasted over three hours including several short breaks. But the training day didn’t end there. After taking an hour for lunch to regain his strength, he returned to the track from 15:30 to 16:40.
According to someone present at the event, whose words are published in the newspaper Mundo Deportivo: “He is doing three or four GPs today”. When the #93 finally got off his bike, he had accumulated a total of four hours of work. A true ultimate test.
“La versión del Director” llega al paddock. 🎬🎥🍿
Sin cortes, sin filtros, ¡con las escenas más impactantes! 😱
¡#MM93 está de vuelta!
— Box_Repsol (@box_repsol) March 17, 2021
Images of Marc Marquez: Repsol Honda HRC.