After disappointing results in the past few weeks and a 12th place finish on Friday at Mugello, it appears Marc Marquez is planning to finish the season. He wants to have another surgery in Madrid.
On Saturday morning, a rumor spread at Mugello that Honda would announce some great news in today’s press release. Doubts have ranged from the announcement that Suzuki star Joanne Mir has signed a contract with HRC for Team Repsol-Honda until the end of 2024, to personnel changes affecting the LCR-Honda driver’s crew, with the places of Alex Marquez and Taka Nakagami at risk.
But Honda will announce today that Marc Marquez will have another surgery. After the Jerrys GP crash on July 19, 2020, the six-time MotoGP champion has already undergone three upper arm operations, in addition to two orthopedic transplants, and he also had to survive the infection.
After treatment at Dr. Xavier Mir turned out to be very boring and not particularly effective, as Marc Marquez had Dr. Karl Gulser in Innsbruck, Austria.
Marc Marquez then decided, in consultation with the Human Rights Council, to receive treatment and surgery by another team of doctors on December 3, 2020 at the “Hospital Robert Internacional” in Madrid. This was the third humeral surgery in four and a half months. This process lasted more than eight hours.
This final operation was performed by physicians Samuel Antonia, Ignacio Roger de Onia, Juan de Miguel, Aitor Ibarzabal and Andrea García Villanueva. The titanium plate used at Clinica Dexeus in Barcelona has been removed and replaced with a new one. In addition, there was a bone implant from the iliac crest to the upper arm to finally allow the comminuted fracture to heal better.
However, following Marc Marquez’s latest complaints, the doctors who treated him came to the conclusion that his humerus didn’t grow together at the perfect angle, which is why Marc suffers from permanent problems with his muscles and tendons.
With the 59-time winner of MotoGP not yet finishing on the podium this year due to all his illnesses and a title win elusive, Mark and Honda’s management have now decided to perform a fourth upper arm operation.
This intervention must take place immediately after the Mugello GP. The Human Rights Council wants to announce this news on Saturday, SPEEDWEEK.com was able to find out.
Mark has had three sixths and fourths in his last four races. No progress could be seen in the competitiveness of the Honda RC213V. With the Finnish Grand Prix cancelled, Mark gained five weeks of recovery without a race after the Dutch TT on June 27.
The 29-year-old Spaniard has a HRC contract until the end of 2024 and can then return to action in the final third of the 2022 season, test the 2023 prototype and finally prepare for next year’s season safely again. Over the past four years, Mark’s winter break has marred by shoulder and upper arm surgeries, as well as double vision after a cross leg accident in late October 2021.
The star’s health has left much to be desired for weeks: Mark didn’t bother setting up his bike again due to the complaints he had recently at Le Mans after an accident.
The Honda star has repeatedly emphasized in recent weeks that he has to save energy and strength on Friday, sometimes on Saturday morning and in the warm-up period. He can only tire himself out in qualifying and in the race, and his physical condition does not allow for more.
In FP3 in Mugello on Saturday morning, Marc Marquez was 21st. Behind leader Pico Bagnaia (Ducati): 1.184sec.
Motorcyclists World Championships MotoGP after 7 races of 21 Grand Prix:
1. Quartararo 102 points. 2 Aleix Espargaró 98 3 Bastianini 94 4 Rins 69 5 Miller 62 6 Zarco 62 7 Bagnaia 56 8 Brad Binder 56 9 Mir 56 10 Marc Marquez 54 11 Oliveira 43 12 Pol Espargaró 40 13 Viñales 33 14 Nakagami 30 15 Martin 28 16 Marini 21 17 Morbidelli 19 18 Bezzecchi 19 19 Alex Marquez 18 20 Dovizioso 8 21. Darren Bender 6. 22. Di Gianntonio 3. 23. Gardner 3.
1. Ducati 156 points. 2. Yamaha 102. 3. Aprilia 99. 4. KTM 84. 5. Suzuki 80. 6. Honda 67.
Team World Cup:
1. Aprilia Racing 131. 2. Suzuki Xstar 125 points. 3 Monster Energy Yamaha 121 4 Ducati Lenovo 118 5 Red Bull KTM Factory 99 6 Gresini Racing MotoGP 97 7 Repsol Honda 94 8 Pramac Racing 90 9 LCR Honda 48 10 Mooney VR46 Racing 40th 11th WithU Yamaha RNF 14th 12th Tech3 KTM Factory 3rd