News 24 Jul 2020

Saturday practice attempt the plan for Marquez

Repsol Honda rider declared fit just days after undergoing surgery.

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MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has planned a remarkable return in FP3 on Saturday morning after being declared fit to ride, less than one week after his spectacular exit from Jerez 1 and having the broken right humerus bone in his arm plated.

The 27-year-old Repsol Honda rider passed a medical check on Thursday upon return to Jerez, which will host the Red Bull Grand Prix of Andalucia this weekend in back-to-back events at the Spanish circuit.

“As you all know, Marc Marquez had a crash where he suffered an injury, which was a diaphyseal fracture to the humerus,” explained Dr Angel Charte, MotoGP medical director. “He underwent a surgical intervention where they plate it and, 48 hours later, as is stated in the medical regulations, he has the right to request a medical evaluation to participate in the next race.

“Today he came to the medical examination unit, where they tried all of the movements that involve this kind of injury and it turns out he’s able to do them perfectly. There were no signs of pain or mechanical inability of his right arm and, therefore the exhaustive medical examination – although it seems strange to us – has been positive. It proves the rider is perfectly ready to race. At what percentage, that can’t be told, but he fulfils the rigorous medical protocol for this type of injury.”

Marquez broke his humerus in a crash during the Spanish GP and returned to Barcelona on Monday. He then underwent surgery on Tuesday, performed by MotoGP traumatology specialist Dr Xavier Mir and returned to the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto on Thursday morning.

The number 93 was passed fit to ride alongside fellow competitors Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), who also sustained injuries during the Spanish GP race weekend. Crutchlow suffered a broken scaphoid and Rins a dislocated shoulder – as well as a small fracture – and all three have been given the go ahead to take part.