News 27 Mar 2023

Full focus on recovery for Marquez in Argentina absence

Repsol Honda rider undergoes surgery on injured right hand.

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Eight-time world champion Marc Marquez has undergone surgery on his injured right hand and will miss this weekend’s MotoGP in Argentina with the focus on arriving at the following rounds in the best possible condition.

Marquez fell during Sunday’s race at Portimao after clipping Jorge Martin (Prima Primac Racing) and colliding with Miguel Oliveira (Crypto Data RNF MotoGP Team) in the early stages, receiving a double long lap penalty for the incident.

Both Marquez and Oliveira were unable to finish the race, with concerns soon surfacing to the extent of Marquez’s injury sustained in the fall, with it now confirmed he underwent surgery to help repair the damage.

“After surgery to repair the broken first metacarpal in his right hand, Marc Marquez will miss the second round of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship,” a statement from the Repsol Honda Team read.

“Upon returning to Spain for further checks, Marc Marquez was diagnosed with a displaced intrarticular fracture of the base of the first metacarpal of the thumb of the right hand. The #93 immediately underwent surgery at the Ruber Internacional Hospital in Madrid with Dr. Ignacio Roger de Oña leading a team consisting of Dr. Samuel Antuña and Dr. Andrea Garcia Villanueva.

“The surgery consisted of a closed reduction of the fracture and internal fixation of the same with two screws and passed without incident.

“Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team have elected for the eight-time world champion to miss the next round of the World Championship to fully focus on recovery and arrive at the forthcoming rounds in the best possible condition.”

Accepting fault for the accident and apologising for his mistake, it’s a disappointing blow for Marquez who has battled and overcome numerous injuries in previous seasons. Prior to the incident, he qualified on pole and finished third in Saturday’s sprint race in Portugal.