MotoGP: Marc Marquez undergoes six-week hospital check-up

Marc Marquez at the Andalucia GP last July
Marc Marquez at the Andalucia GP last July
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Marc Marquez has undergone his six-week medical check-up at the Ruber International Hospital in Madrid.

Repsol Honda released a short statement yesterday evening to update fans on the six-time MotoGP champion's recovery following a third operation on his broken right humerus.

"Today Marc Márquez has gone to the Hospital Ruber Internacional for a medical check-up," the statement reads. "The eight-time world champion has visited six weeks after the surgery performed on December 3 for an infected pseudarthrosis of the right humerus. A satisfactory clinical and radiographic evolution has been confirmed for the time of evaluation. Marquez will continue."

This statement shows that Marquez is still a long way from making his racing return. The Spaniard is still on antibiotics to treat and infection found during his third operation. It's believed that this infection is a key reason for the humerus bone not healing as expected after Marquez's second round of surgery.

In the third operation last December the plate Marquez's arm was replaced with a new one, whilst the Honda rider also underwent an iliac crest bone graft. This means that bone was taken from Marquez's pelvis and grafted onto the area around his right humerus.

As things stand Marquez is likely to miss the start of the 2021 season and as a result will lose yet more ground on his rivals. Marquez has not been on a MotoGP bike since July 2020 - at the season opener in Jerez when he originally broke his arm.

Pre-season testing gets underway at the Losail International Circuit (Qatar) on March 5.


MotoGP: Marc Marquez returns home following third operation

First published: December 13 2020 by Josh Close

Marc Marquez Operations

Marc Marquez has been discharged from the Ruber International Hospital in Madrid.

The Repsol Honda rider returns home after spending the last 10 days in hospital following a third operation on his fractured humerus.

Despite the operation, which included a new plate being fitted and a bone craft, being a success, a biopsy taken from the fractured bone showed that there had been a previous infection. As a result, Marquez began specific antibiotic treatment.

Whilst Marquez has been discharged, he'll still need to continue the antibiotic treatment at home.

"Marc Marquez’s progress after the surgery performed on December 3 and the start of antibiotic therapy has been deemed satisfactory by his medical team," today's update reads. "Today he has been discharged from the Hospital Ruber International to continue his recovery at home, where he will continue with the specific antibiotic treatment."

Marquez now faces a potential six-month recovery period after undergoing three procedures on the arm that he injured at the opening MotoGP round of 2020, held at Jerez in July.


MotoGP: Marc Marquez set for antibiotic treatment due to infection

First published: 5 December 2020 by Josh Close

Marc Marquez will undergo antibiotic treatment in the coming weeks after a biopsy from his latest surgery showed a previous infection in the fractured bone.

The Repsol Honda rider had a third operation on his injured right arm this week, which included a bone graft and the introduction of a new plate to the affected area. Doctors removed bone from Marquez's pelvis and grafted it onto the area around his right humerus.

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"The cultures obtained during the pseudarthrosis surgery have confirmed that there was a previous infection in the fracture, which will see Marquez undergo specific antibiotic treatment in the coming weeks," today's Repsol Honda statement reads.

The six-time MotoGP champion already faced a potential six-month recovery period but will now have to stay at the Ruber Internacional Hospital in Madrid until his antibiotic treatment is complete.

The update released by Repsol Honda this afternoon did however say that Marquez's post-operative clinical situation has been deemed satisfactory by his medical team.


MotoGP: Marc Marquez undergoes third operation on injured right arm

First published: 4 December 2020 by Josh Close

Marc Marquez has undergone a third operation on his injured right arm and could now face a recovery period of at least six months.

Repsol Honda confirmed that the Spaniard had chosen to have surgery for the third time yesterday, with the procedure lasting around eight hours.

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The decision to go ahead with the procedure was due to the healing process of his right humerus being slower than expected, with specific shock wave treatment unable to speed things up.

The operation took place at the Ruber Internacional Hospital in Madrid. Marquez’s previous two operations took place at the Dexeus University Hospital in Barcelona, by a team led by Dr Xavier Mir.

In this latest procedure the plate currently in Marquez's arm was replaced with a new one, whilst the six-time MotoGP champion also had an iliac crest bone graft. This means that bone was taken from Marquez's pelvis and grafted onto the area around his right humerus.

The expected six-month recovery period means that Marquez will miss the start of the 2021 season, which gets underway in Qatar on March 28. At this early stage it's unclear how many races he will miss, and how smoothly the healing process will go.

Marquez first broke his right arm in the opening race of the year at Jerez in July. Remarkably, after having a metal plate inserted, he attempted to ride just a few days later at the Andalucia GP. Despite a valiant effort Marquez decided not to race, however the damage seemingly done.

The metal plate was weakened, and Marquez was forced to undergo another operation and as a result his 2020 campaign was over. The true extent of the damage to his arm is still not known, but it appears the bone structure has been significantly weakened from the initial fracture and from the holes being drilled to install the metal support plates.


MotoGP: Marc Marquez ruled out of the final two races of 2020

First published: 11 November 2020 by Josh Close

Marc Marquez injury

Marc Marquez has confirmed that he'll sit out the final two races, held at Valencia and Portimao, of the 2020 MotoGP season.

The reigning champion has missed the majority of the season following a huge crash in the season opener at Jerez. The Spaniard broke his arm during the incident and despite having surgery, attempted to make a comeback the following weekend.

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The pressure and stress placed on his arm whilst trying to ride again so quickly weakened his titanium plate, and he needed to have a second operation on his arm after damaging it whilst opening a window at home.

Marquez has not been able to return since and has now elected to focus on being 100% fit for the 2021 season.

"This season I will not compete again," Marquez announced across his social media channels. "After evaluating how the arm is doing with the Doctors and my team, we have decided that the best option is to return next year. It's time to continue with the recovery. Thanks for the messages of support. Looking forward to returning in 2021."

The Repsol Honda team has confirmed that Stefan Bradl will continue to ride in Marquez's place for the remainder of 2020. The German has scored points in the last two races and showed some impressive form in the wet conditions at Valencia last weekend.

"Working through his recovery programme and tracking the progress of his arm, Marc Marquez in conjunction with Honda, his team and multiple expert doctors, has elected to officially delay his return to action until 2021," the team's press release confirmed.

The true extent of the damage to Marquez's right arm may never be revealed, but after missing an entire season it will be interesting to see the level at which he's at in 2021.


MotoGP: Marc Marquez ruled out of action for another 2-3 months

First published: 26 August 2019 by Josh Close

Marc Marquez ruled out for another three months

HRC have revealed that Marc Marquez won't be able to make his return to MotoGP for another two or three months.

Many had expected the reigning champion to make his comeback at Misano on September 13, however the Repsol Honda team have now outlined a much longer timeline for his arrival on the grid.

Today's HRC statement explains that following consultations with several specialists with regards to his injured humerus, all parties have decided to modify the planned recovery process.

"The objective of both Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team is to return to the World Championship when Marc’s arm has fully recovered from the serious injury that occurred in Jerez," the statement reads. "It is estimated it will take between two to three months before Marc can return to the RC213V.

"HRC has not set a Grand Prix for the return of the reigning World Champion and will continue to report on the evolution of his recovery."

Marquez attempted to make to sensational comeback just a few days after breaking his arm at Jerez, however inflammation of his arm caused him to pull out of the Andalucian GP ahead of qualifying.

The pressure and stress placed on his arm whilst trying to ride again so quickly weakened his titanium plate, and he needed to have a second operation on his arm after damaging it whilst opening a window at home a couple of weeks ago. The amount of damage caused by riding so quickly and then undergoing surgery again is unknown at this stage.;

"There has been a lot of talk about Marc's recovery and the various deadlines, but from the first day after the second operation we have said that the only objective that exists is for him to be one hundred percent," team boss Alberto Puig added.

"We do not want to rush. Once Marc is in a position to return and compete at the level he knows, then we will think about the next objective."

Today's update means that it's unlikely that we'll see Marquez back on track until the second race at Aragon (October 25) at the earliest. A three-month delay would mean that Marquez wouldn't return until the final round of the year at Portimao (November 22).


MotoGP: Marc Marquez set to miss Styrian Grand Prix

First published: 17 August 2020 by Josh Close

Marc Marquez to miss Styrian GP

Honda have announced that Marc Marquez will not make his MotoGP return at this weekend's Styrian Grand Prix.

The reigning champion broke his arm in the opening race of the season at Jerez and underwent surgery two days later. Remarkably, Marquez returned to Jerez 48 hours later and attempted to compete in the Andalucia Grand Prix. He rode in FP3 and FP4 but swelling to his injured arm resulted in the Honda man pulling out of the weekend after qualifying.

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Marquez has also missed the Czech GP at Brno and the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring. To make things worse, the pressure and stress placed on his arm whilst trying to ride again at Jerez weakened his titanium plate, and he needed to have a second operation on his arm after damaging it whilst opening a window at home.

Repsol Honda confirmed last night that Stefan Bradl would replace Marquez once again in Austria this weekend.He’s been on the RC213V for the last two races, finishing 18th and 17th respectively.

This means that Marquez and his team will now be hoping to return at the San Marino GP at Misano on September 11-13. By that stage Marquez will have missed five races, meaning that even he may be unable to retain his title this season.

Fabio Quartararo has a 67-point advantage over Marquez heading into the Styrian GP this weekend and will be expecting to add a significant amount of points to his tally.

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