MotoGP: Marquez shoulder dislocation at Jerez ‘nothing serious’

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Marc Marquez has shrugged off a dislocated shoulder at today’s private Jerez test for the Repsol Honda team as ‘nothing serious,’ after once again popping out the joint that he’s repeatedly dislocated over the past few years during the shortened test.

The reigning MotoGP champion was on track alongside teammate Dani Pedrosa for what was supposed to be a crucial two-day test to help decide on the 2017-specification engine they’ll be forced to seal for the entire season next month in Qatar when the crash occurred – but he was quick to dismiss it as nothing.

“Today was a productive day, as we were able to do many laps and to work on our bike well. We did most of the work we had planned, which is good. I crashed in the afternoon and dislocated my shoulder, but luckily it was nothing serious. Now I’ll have some rest back at home and get ready for the next test, in Qatar.”

Originally supposed to be a two-day test, rain hit the southern Spanish track on Thursday night, leaving the team electing to not use one of their limited testing days and instead sit it out, before taking to the track only today.

But despite the limited time, Pedrosa says they gained some valuable info from it.

“After missing yesterday, luckily today we were able to fully exploit the time available, even though the track conditions in the morning were not ideal and we had to concentrate all our testing schedule in one day. We worked really hard but we’re satisfied with what we’ve done here. Now we must keep focused and try and continue in the same way in Qatar in two weeks’ time.”

Their next outing will be as part of the third and final official pre-season test on 10th March in Qatar.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer