The MotoGP World Championship kicks off in just over a week. And although no one knows for sure when Marc Márquez will be able to compete again, he is already preparing for it. The 28-year-old Repsol Honda team rider got back in his Honda on Tuesday. He did it in the strictest privacy. On the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit, in Montmeló. It was the first time he had ridden a MotoGP since last July he fractured his humerus as a result of an accident during the first race of the season, in Jerez. After a blank year and many problems resulting from a second stress fracture in the same area, the eight-time world champion dedicated the day to understanding what his physical condition really is after eight months away from the slopes.
The Cervera pilot, who needed a third operation last December for an infected pseudoarthrosis in the right humerus, received medical discharge just five days ago, when the medical team led by Doctors Samuel Antuña and Ignacio Roger de Oña confirmed clinically and radiographically satisfactory progression of bone healing. From then on, Márquez was able to “intensify the strength and mobility recovery program with a view to progressively returning to competitive driving,” according to the medical report. And so he did. He had first tested himself with a minibike on a circuit near his home, in Cervera. And seeing that it was not bad, he decided to regain his feelings with MotoGP with a day of trying work in Montmeló.
The World Cup – a championship with 21 scheduled appointments, some such as those in Argentina or Texas pending confirmation – begins at the Losail circuit (Qatar), a stage that will host both the first race, on March 28, and the second, on March 4. of April. And it is not yet known if Márquez will form on the starting grid on that first Sunday of the grand prix. “I do not rule out being in the first race, but I do not assure anything because in a recovery there are ups and downs,” he told Cuatro’s microphones at the airport on his return, precisely from Qatar, where the MotoGP preseason tests were held ago. few days. Márquez did not participate in these tests, but he traveled to the Arab country to be able to receive, like his rivals and all the personnel of the Motorcycle World Championship who so wanted, the first dose of the covid vaccine, which the Qatari government offered in a way free to those responsible for Dorna, the organizing company of the championship.
It is very likely that he will not be in the best physical shape to compete for the title from day one, but Marquez is expected. It is not known if he will reappear in Qatar next week, but he is eliminating debts from the task list.
Less than a month ago, when he participated in the presentation of the Repsol Honda team, he acknowledged that he had lost a lot of muscle mass, strength and mobility. “The first time I get on the bike I will not be 100%. One thing is to recover the bone and another for all the muscles to return to the way they were. We’ll see if it takes three or four races or half a season to be the same Marc, “he said then.