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Sport Marquez absence hands opportunity to title rivals in Jerez

05:17  23 july  2020
05:17  23 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

Marquez absence hands opportunity to title rivals in Jerez

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Marc Marquez 's unfortunate injury at the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix presents an opportunity for his MotoGP rivals for this weekend's return to Jerez . Defending champion Marquez crashed out late in last Sunday's first race of 2020 when he attempted to chase down second place as part of a

MotoGP is back in Jerez but Marc Marquez is a notable absentee for the Andalusia Grand Prix. Marc Marquez 's unfortunate injury at the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix presents an opportunity for his MotoGP rivals for this weekend's return to Jerez .

Marc Marquez will miss this weekend's Andalucia Grand Prix after breaking his arm in Jerez last week, leaving his rivals with an excellent chance to steal an early march in the MotoGP title race.

a person riding a motorcycle on a track: Quartararo is the early championship leader after his maiden win last week © JAVIER SORIANO Quartararo is the early championship leader after his maiden win last week

The six-time elite-class world champion crashed out of the delayed season-opening Spanish Grand Prix last Sunday as France's Fabio Quartararo took his maiden MotoGP victory.

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Marc Marquez is exploring the option to return to MotoGP action this weekend despite undergoing surgery on Tuesday after breaking his right arm in a violent Spanish Grand Prix crash. In last weekend's MotoGP season opener Marquez was recovering from an early off-track moment before violently

Marc Marquez 's MotoGP title defence already looks in tatters after suffering a broken arm in a heavy crash during the Spanish Grand Prix. Marquez 's heavy crash on lap 22 of Sunday's Jerez race has blown the doors off of the 2020 MotoGP title fight, as the reigning world champion's participation in

Honda will not replace Marquez in their factory team for the race, also in Jerez, while LCR-Honda's Cal Crutchlow faces a battle to be fit in time after he underwent surgery on his left wrist.

With only 13 MotoGP races confirmed so far for the 2020 season, Marquez's absence hands Quartararo and Yamaha's Maverick Vinales the advantage.

"Everyone who races in the world championship has the unfortunate possibility of getting injured and having to go to the operating room," said Honda team manager Alberto Puig, with Marquez hoping to be back in time for the next race after Jerez -- the Czech Grand Prix on August 9.

Marc Marquez wearing a uniform: Marc Marquez will miss Sunday's race through injury © Handout Marc Marquez will miss Sunday's race through injury

"Unfortunately, it was our turn and it was Marc who has had to undergo surgery.

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Why Marquez 's MotoGP title defence isn't over yet. Marquez will miss this week's Andalusian Grand Prix at Jerez , with Crutchlow crashed during Sunday's warm-up session at Jerez and had to miss the race owing to a minor concussion, though it was later revealed that he had also damaged his wrist.

Marquez will miss this week's Andalusian Grand Prix at Jerez , with Autosport revealing on Monday that Honda will not replace the stricken world champion. That leaves his rookie brother Alex Marquez as the sole Repsol Honda representative on the grid. Honda boss Alberto Puig said of the surgery: "Marc will

"Now we have to be patient to see how Marc recovers and to understand when he can return."

On Wednesday, however, an unconfirmed Spanish media report claimed that Marquez had not entirely ruled out racing this weekend despite having undergone surgery on Tuesday.

Quartararo dominated last week despite only riding for Yamaha's satellite outfit, finally converting a pole position into a MotoGP win at the seventh time of asking.

The 21-year-old, the first Frenchman to win a MotoGP race since 1999, insists he can still get better.

"Winning the GP, honestly it was the best," said Quartararo, who finished fifth in the riders' standings last season as a rookie.

"I think we can still improve because the pace of those around us was really good so we need to look to see which areas we should work on.

"We need to enjoy this victory but also focus on the next race this weekend as this new calendar is intense with few breaks so it's important to stay concentrated."

Marquez chases seventh MotoGP title as Rossi hopes to prolong career

  Marquez chases seventh MotoGP title as Rossi hopes to prolong career The MotoGP world championship finally gets underway at Jerez on Sunday, behind closed doors and more than four months late, with Marc Marquez going for a seventh top-class title to match Valentino Rossi who is "99 percent" certain this will not be his farewell season. Marquez, the 27-year-old Spaniard who won MotoGP world titles in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, is determined to continue demolishing the competition on his Honda, with his younger brother Alex, who won last year's Moto2 title, as his team-mate for just one season.

Marquez was released from hospital on Wednesday morning to start his rehabilitation at home. Initially his objective was to return to action in early Marquez is hoping to climb back on his bike for a weekend of damage limitation, with the objective of scoring vital points in the shortened championship.

Alex Marquez says being the only Repsol Honda MotoGP rider in this weekend's Andalusian Grand Prix in the absence of his injured brother "changes The reigning Moto2 champion will be the sole representative in Honda's works outfit in the second Jerez race with Marc Marquez forced out after

- Rossi under pressure -

Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi will be replaced at Yamaha's factory team by Quartararo in 2021 and the Italian veteran was left trailing by the winner last week.

The 41-year-old retired from the race after struggling in qualifying and a final tilt at an eighth top-class title appears unlikely.

"The Spanish GP was difficult for me. I struggled a lot in the heat because of tyre degradation," said Rossi, who has suggested he will probably take Quartararo's spot at Yamaha-SRT next year.

"I feel good and I'm ready to fight again."

Rossi's teammate Vinales helped deliver a one-two for Yamaha bikes last week and the Spaniard will be hoping to mount a serious title challenge this year after finishing third in 2019, albeit 209 points behind Marquez.

Ducati will be hoping for better pace after Andrea Dovizioso's third-place finish masked the disappointment of a poor qualifying.

However, it was still a personal triumph for Dovizioso who had broken his collarbone in a training accident just three weeks earlier.

Suzuki's Alex Rins could join Marquez and Crutchlow in missing out after suffering a shoulder injury in qualifying at the Spanish Grand Prix.

"I'll give it a go on Friday," wrote Crutchlow on Instagram ahead of opening practice.

Honda's factory team will only feature Marquez's younger brother Alex, who laboured to 12th on his MotoGP debut after winning the Moto2 championship last year.

"I am confident for the weekend, I learned a lot in my first GP and now I can apply it directly on the track again," he said.

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complete failure of IntactGP in Jerez: Marcel Schrötter and Tom Lüthi fall .
Marcel Schrötter fights in the top 5 when he exaggerates in turn 11 - Tom Lüthi experiences a weekend in Jerez to forget and crashes towards the end of race The first Jerez weekend was not very pleasant for the German IntactGP team. Apart from Dominique Aegerter's strong performance in MotoE race for report , there was little to report. Marcel Schrötter was fast in Jerez, but was unable to convert his potential into points. The German rushed to report in race .

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