News 6 Apr 2022

COTA comeback confirmed for measured Marquez

Repsol Honda rider back on track earlier this week at Alcarras.

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Eight-time world champion Marc Marquez will make a return to the MotoGP grid this weekend in Austin, after being forced to miss Argentina altogether as he recovered from diplopia sustained at Mandalika.

Marquez completed laps earlier this week at Alcarras onboard a Honda CBR600RR ahead of his comeback at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), a venue where he has stood on the top step seven times in the premier class, most recently in 2021.

“Of course I am very happy to be back, it’s a great feeling to return and especially to do it at one of my favourite tracks,” Marquez explained. “No matter the situation, I really enjoy riding in Texas and have incredible memories there.

“We have some work to do after missing two races and the whole Argentina weekend so I am not here to set one target at the moment. There’s many things to do and consider, but the important thing is that we are back on the bike this weekend.”

Due to the repercussions of the frightening crash in morning warm-up at Indonesia, Marquez has only been able to contest one race this season, Qatar’s opener, where he finished fifth. The number 93 currently sits 15th in the 2022 MotoGP World Championship entering round four.