Repsol Honda will be without superstar Marc Marquez indefinitely. The former world champion wants to get his normal life back, so he decided to have an operation. Otherwise, he would have stopped soon.
After the Mugello GP, Marc Marquez described the fourth operation on his right arm, which took place in the middle of this week at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (Minnesota, USA), as his “last chance”. If America’s world-famous specialists fail to stabilize his right shoulder, the Spaniard says he may not be able to race much longer.
With his future career dependent on this intervention, with the eight-time world champion being compensated around €20m a year, Marc Marquez doesn’t want to speculate on when he will return to the Grand Prix slopes. The return won’t happen until September or October as far as I humanly believe.
“I will do the whole rehab in Spain, in Madrid we still have to plan it carefully,” said the factory Repsol Honda driver. “We still have to discuss with the doctors how to monitor the consistency of the humerus after the operation. My medical team is Dr. Samuel Antona and Dr. Angel Couturo from the Rober International Hospital in Madrid will likely play a role. He has excellent contacts with doctors at Mayo Clinic” .
Marc Marquez asked the specialists in America if they were convinced of the success of the operation. “They answered yes to that question. But when I asked when I could drive again, they said, ‘If this is your biggest concern, stay home!’”
Marc Marquez has had a lot of weakness while driving over the past year and a half with his humerus not fully growing together and an unstable shoulder, but he still wins races at Sachsenring, in Texas and at the end of October at Misano in 2021.
After taking 10th place in Mugello, he admitted for the first time that illnesses hindered his daily life. “The after-effects of a humeral fracture affected me greatly. Because you know me. I was one of those racers who always trained a lot between Grand Prix races. Dirt track, motocross, super moto, street bikes, racing bikes, mountain bikes – with everything that has two wheels. My private life has changed since the Jerez accident. I’m coming back from the GP weekend and then I should simply take it and rest for two or three days. There is nothing I can do about it, at most indoor cycling. Then I started training again, doing physical therapy, and none of this would work without painkillers.”
“That’s why I said to those around me and to my doctors: In this case, I will continue to drive for a year at the most – or two years. Because I struggle a lot physically, and it’s not fun. It’s also a challenge mentally. But now I hope this process will change my life.”
Mark sighed before saying goodbye to his fourth forced fracture in 22 months: “The past two years haven’t been just honey licking.”
MotoGP Mugello results (May 29):
1. Pico Bagnaia, Ducati, 23 laps in 41: 18.923 minutes
2. Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha, +0.635 s
3. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, +1.983
4. Johann Zarco, Ducati +2,590
5. Marco Bizzichi, Ducati +3.067
6. Luca Marini, Ducati +3.875
7- Brad Binder, KTM, +4.067.0000
8. Takaaki Nakagami – Honda +10.944
9. Miguel Oliveira, KTM +11.256
10. Marc Marquez, Honda +11800
11. Fabio Di Giannatonio, Ducati +12.916
12- Maverick Vinales, Aprilia, +12917
13. Georgie Martin, Ducati +17,240
14. Alex Marquez, Honda +17.568
15. Jack Miller, Ducati, +17.687
16. Darren Bender, Yamaha +20.265
17. Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha, +20.296
18- Michele Perot, Ducati, +21.305
19. Remy Gardner, KTM, +30.548
20. Andrea Dovizioso, Yamaha, +31.011
21- Raul Fernandez, KTM, +42.723
22. Lorenzo Savadore, Aprilia, one lap رحلة
– Ina Bastianini, Ducati, 10 laps down
– Alex Rins, Suzuki, 16 laps back
– Joan Mir, Suzuki, 16 laps down
– Paul Espargaro, Honda, 19 laps back
Drivers’ Championship standings after 8 of 20 Grand Prix:
1. Quarteraro 122 points. 2 Aleix Espargaró 114 3 Bastianini 94 4 Bagnaia 81 5 Zarco 75 6 Rins 69 7 Brad Binder 65 8 Miller 63 9 Marc Marquez 60 10 Mir 56 11 Oliveira 50 12 Pol Espargaró 40 13 Nakagami 38 14 Viñales 37 15 Martin 31 16 Marini 31 17 Bezzecchi 30 18 Alex Marquez 20 19 Morbidelli 19 20 Di Giannantonio 8 21. Dovizioso 8. 21. Darryn Binder 6. 23. Gardner 3.
1. Ducati 181 points. 2. Yamaha 122. 3. Aprilia 115. 4. KTM 93. 5. Suzuki 80. 6. Honda 75.
Team World Cup:
1. Aprilia Racing 151 points. 2. Ducati Lenovo 144. 3. Monster Energy Yamaha 141. 4. Suzuki Ecstar 125. 5. Red Bull KTM Factory 115. 6. Prima Pramac Racing 106. 7. Gresini Racing 102. 8. Repsol Honda 100. 9. Mooney VR46 Racing 61st 10th LCR Honda 58th 11th WithU Yamaha RNF 14th 12th Tech3 KTM Factory 3rd