It’s been weird without him, but four months on from his latest surgery Marc Marquez has been cleared by doctors, ready for his Moto GP return. His incident at the Jerez season opener in 2020, lead to suffering from an infected pseudoarthrosis of the right humerus (infected fusion site, right upper arm), after multiple surgeries which ruled him out of the 2020 season, and first two 2021 rounds. The latest procedure in December 2020, saw a bone graft from the hip onto the infected humourous site. The past few weeks we have seen Marc train more, with mini-bike training, and a private test with an HRC RCV213V, and also with more road and mountain cycling, and gym sessions.
The HRC statement reads “In the review carried out on Marc Marquez by the Hospital Ruber Internacional medical team, four months after surgery, led by Doctors Samuel Antuña and Ignacio Roger de Oña, and made up of Doctors De Miguel, Ibarzabal and García Villanueva, for an infected pseudoarthrosis of the right humerus, a very satisfactory clinical condition was found, with evident progress in the bone consolidation process. In the current situation, Marquez can return to competition, assuming the reasonable risk implicit in his sporting activity.”
In the meantime, HRC rider Stefan Bradl stepped up with a best 11th place finish in the Doha races, and new teammate Pol Espargaro impressing but still needing time to settle on the HRC machinery. Younger brother Alex has struggled with the Doha track, not matching his results from the end of the 2020 season, surely looking forward to the return to Portimão where he finished 9th.
Will Marquez be back to his best on his return?
It’s hard to say. We know how injuries have affected riders in the past. Some people were also questioning how Marc could walk away from so many massive incidents injury-free. Despite this, you can’t rule it out that Marquez will aim to come back for victory. He’s always been an all or nothing rider who gives it everything. He won’t want to be beaten, and also has ground to close in the world championship which he will surely want to retake.
With a week to go until the Portuguese Moto GP round, we haven’t got long to wait to find out. I feel a top 10 finish would be great for him, an ideal starting point, but I don’t think he will settle for that. The fact he missed last year’s round at the circuit might hinder, but it won’t take him long to learn. Who knows, could we see a magic Marc weekend with a Pole, victory and fastest lap?
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