Former world champion Marc Marquez had to have his right humerus operated for a third time. He could miss the start of the 2021 season.
Marc Marquez is not doing it! His fall during the first Grand Prix of the season in Jerez, on July 19, did not seem so serious and he even intended, initially, to compete in the next Grand Prix, still in Jerez the following week. But ultimately, the 27-year-old Spanish driver is still handicapped by his right humerus. He even had to undergo a third operation on Thursday, the first having taken place on July 21 and the second on August 3.
The operation lasted eight hours and went smoothly at the Madrid International Hospital. It was necessary because healing was taking place too slowly despite the treatment specifically addressed. Surgeons removed the previously affixed plaque, placed a new one, while performing a bone graft, the Repsol Honda team statement said. This operation had been recommended by the specialists consulted by the pilot in Austria and the United States.
Not mark before June?
According to the Spanish press, this third operation could require a recovery period of six additional months. Which would mean that we wouldn’t see the six-time MotoGP world champion before early June! If the provisional calendar for the 2021 season can be respected despite the coronavirus pandemic which continues to rage across the world, this means that he would miss the first six Grands Prix of the 2021 season (Qatar, Argentina, Americas, Spain, France and Italy).
Honda could then go in search of a medical freelance writer, but nothing has been decided yet. A new long absence of the king of the MotoGP category, if it is certainly very detrimental for the discipline, could allow to live a new season of great suspense, as in 2020 where nine different riders won at least one race, and who saw the unexpected coronation of Joan Mir.