Injuries have plagued six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez for the previous three seasons. Following a violent crash at Spain’s Jerez Circuit, the Repsol Honda rider sat out the remainder of the 2020 season resulting from an arm damage. Marquez returned in 2021, tallying three wins earlier than a late-season crash sidelined the eight-time world champ for the ultimate two rounds of the season.
Number 93’s luck hasn’t been significantly better in 2022 both. Marquez’s diplopia (double imaginative and prescient) returned after a high-speed, high-side crash at flip 11 of Indonesia’s Mandalika Circuit. The damage pressured the 29-year-old rider to sit down out the Indonesian and Argentinian Grands Prix. He returned with sturdy outcomes, nonetheless, capturing two sixth-place finishes and a fourth place within the subsequent three races.
Unfortunately, Marquez’s type continued to say no from there. Prior to voluntarily bowing out of competitors for a fourth arm surgical procedure, the Honda rider barely completed within the prime 10 of the Italian and Catalan GP. Marquez hoped that the mid-season surgical procedure would enable him to return to peak situation by the beginning of the 2023 season, and his first post-operation check-up bodes properly for that career-saving plan.
“My feelings so far are positive because I have no pain, this is very important,” admitted Marquez. “It allows me to rest and follow the doctors’ rules: a healthy diet, drink a lot and try to hang out with our dogs because it is important that body is not inactive. The most important thing from my doctors is that I have to be calm and patient.”
Two weeks after going under the knife at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Marquez met with Dr. Joaquin Sánchez Sotelo, Dr. Samuel Antuña, and Dr. Angel Cotorro at Madrid, Spain’s Ruber Internacional Hospital. The team of doctors confirmed that the initial progress of Marquez’s right humerus has been positive, so much so that Dr. Sánchez Sotelo sent the rider away with homework.
“Starting today, he will begin performing controlled exercises of passive mobilization of the shoulder and elbow until a new revision in four weeks,” revealed Dr. Sánchez Sotelo.
The Honda rider will return for a second check-up following that four-week interval. In that point, hopefully, he continues progressing towards full well being and takes one step nearer to the beginning grid.