News 10 May 2023

French MotoGP comeback confirmed for Marquez

Honda rider set for return at Le Mans this weekend.

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The MotoGP comeback of Marc Marquez has been confirmed for the French GP this weekend at Le Mans, with the Repsol Honda Team rider set for his first competitive appearance since the season-opening round at Portimao.

Marquez fell during Portugal’s opener 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 sidelined from rounds two, three and four of the season as he focused on a complete recovery.

“I am really happy to be back with the Repsol Honda Team, about to ride my bike again,” Marquez explained. “First of all I want to thank my medical team for their professionalism and advice over the past few weeks.

“Of course as a rider you always want to be back as soon as possible, but with an injury like this it was really important to allow it to heal. Now I am here and fully focused on riding, I have no worries about the injury since it’s fully healed. Let’s see what the French GP brings and most importantly, work to our maximum.”

Marquez’s double long lap penalty for colliding with Oliveira in Portugal has been annulled by the MotoGP Court of Appeal following a final decision on the matter issued earlier today.