News 12 Apr 2023

Recovering Marquez to miss upcoming Americas MotoGP

Eight-time world champion underwent further scans before decision.

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The recovering Marc Marquez will miss this weekend’s Americas MotoGP after a collective decision was made to let his injured right hand continue to fully heal ahead of a racing return.

Marquez fell during Portimao’s round one of the 2023 season after clipping Jorge Martin (Prima Primac Racing) and colliding with Miguel Oliveira (Crypto Data RNF MotoGP Team) in the early stages of the grand prix.

The eight-time world champion later underwent surgery to repair the broken first metacarpal in his right hand that was sustained in the accident, and was also sidelined from the second round of the season at Termas de Rio Hondo as a result.

“Following a final CAT scan, Marc Marquez and his medical team, led by Dr. Ignacio Roger de Oña, at the Ruber Internacional Hospital in Madrid have confirmed the first metacarpal is still in the healing process,” a statement from the Repsol Honda Team read.

“After close collaboration with the Repsol Honda Team and HRC, all involved have elected to let the injury fully heal and avoid any unnecessary risks.”

A return date has not yet been specified for Marquez, with round four of the season to take place at Jerez, Spain, between 28-30 April. Meanwhile, Oliveira – who was sidelined from Argentina with a tendon injury in his right leg – will travel to Austin in a bid to receive medical clearance to race at round three.