News 22 Jul 2020

Marquez cleared of nerve damage in successful surgery

Timeline for MotoGP champion's return remains undetermined.

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Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has been cleared of nerve damage after undergoing a successful operation on his broken right humerus bone in Barcelona, now focused on his undetermined return to MotoGP.

Marquez crashed heavily in Sunday’s world championship opener while recovering from an earlier off-track excursion and underwent surgery by DrXavier Mir at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus.

Defending world champion Marquez had a titanium plate inserted in his right arm, however, more importantly it has been confirmed that his radial nerve was untouched and did not require intervention.

“Everyone who races in the world championship has the unfortunate possibility of getting injured and having to go to the operating room,” commented team manager Alberto Puig. “Unfortunately, it was our turn and it was Marc who has had to undergo surgery. Marc will take some time to recover, but we are happy with how everything has gone.

“Doctor Mir and his team have taken care of the entire situation since the fall and performed a successful operation. This gives the Repsol Honda Team a lot of motivation, knowing it went well, but now we have to be patient to see how Marc recovers and to understand when he can return.”

Puig confirmed that Repsol Honda will focus on rookie Alex Marquez this weekend at Jerez: “This weekend we will be focused on Alex, helping him to take another step forward. When you are young and new in a category, every week you improve and grow. We hope he can close the gap to the front of the race.”

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