Motorcycles Marquez unsure when he will make MotoGP return
Marc Marquez faces six-month layoff after third surgery
Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has undergone a third operation on his right arm in Madrid and likely faces a six-month recovery period. © Repsol Media Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda The Honda rider broken his right arm in a heavy crash during the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez on 19 July. Marquez had an operation immediately afterwards to have metalwork inserted to fix the bone and attempted a comeback just days later at Jerez for the Andalusian GP.
Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits he doesn't know when he will make his return to racing from injury, and confirms he will not ride in the Qatar test.
The Honda rider broke his right humerus in a crash during last July's Spanish Grand Prix, and has been out of action since making an aborted comeback at the following week's Andalusian GP having just undergone surgery.
Marquez has had two operations since, the latest in December – where he underwent a bone graft – finally pointing his recovery in the right direction.
First VR46 paint job in MotoGP: Luca Marinis Ducati for 2021 presents
The VR46 colors have reached MotoGP: As part of the X-Factor program, Avintia driver Luca Marini presents his Ducati Desmosedici for the 2021 season even before the At the turn of the year, Valentino Rossi's half-brother Luca Marini presented the first paint job for the MotoGP season 2021. The VR46 headquarters in Tavullia was switched on as part of the X-Factor TV show. Luca Marini proudly showed his Ducati Desmosedici, which was designed in the VR46 paintwork known from Moto2.
His third operation was thought to come with a six-month recovery period, but HRC has yet to give an official update on this.
Speaking during Honda's 2021 launch presentation video, Marquez admits he nor his doctors know when he will be able to ride again.
"Yeah, of course step-by-step I feel much better, and the recovery is going in a good way," Marquez said.
"Every time I go to the doctor, normally we have good news.
"That is really important because last year was quite long and tough. But now just we try to follow my body, with the physio, with the doctor, try to increase a little bit the work at home.
"But I don't know and the doctors don't know when I will be ready.
"But the most important thing is every week – not every day – but every week I feel a bit better and I'm optimistic to be on the bike as soon as possible.
"But I don't know exactly when will be the day."
When asked what version of Marquez can be expected when he returns, he replied: "It's the first time in my life, my career, that it's been nine months, 10 months without [riding a] bike, with a big injury.
"For sure the first time I ride the bike I will not be 100% because one thing is being 100% in the bone side, and then 100% on the muscles.
"We will see. Of course, I imagine the best comeback, which is starting again and being the same, but it will be difficult to be like this.
"But we will see if it takes one race, two races, half season to be the same Marc [as before]."
Martin: Wins in junior classes “better” than first MotoGP pole .
Pramac rookie Jorge Martin admits winning races in Moto2 and Moto3 felt “better” than scoring his maiden MotoGP pole position on Saturday ahead of the Doha Grand Prix. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing The Spaniard will start Sunday’s second round of the 2021 MotoGP season at the head of the pack after beating Pramac teammate Johann Zarco to pole in Qatar with a time of 1m53.106s. Martin is the first rookie MotoGP pole winner to do so on a Ducati and the first debutant to take top honours in qualifying since Fabio Quartararo in 2019.