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