Marc Marquez performs the first post-operative medical check-up
Injuries have plagued six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez for the past three seasons. Following a violent accident at the Spanish circuit of Jerez, the Repsol Honda rider missed the rest of the 2020 season due to an arm injury. Marquez returned in 2021, tallying three wins before a season-ending accident ruled out the eight-time world champion for the final two rounds of the season.
Number 93’s luck hasn’t been much better in 2022 either. Marquez’s diplopia (double vision) returned after a high-speed, high-speed crash at Turn 11 of Indonesia’s Mandalika Circuit. The injury forced the 29-year-old driver out of the Indonesian and Argentine Grands Prix. He came back with solid results, however, capturing two sixth places and a fourth place in the next three races.
Unfortunately, Marquez’s form continued to decline from there. Before voluntarily retiring from competition for a fourth arm operation, the Honda rider barely finished in the top 10 of the Italian and Catalan GPs. Marquez was hoping mid-season surgery would get him back to peak condition by the start of the 2023 season, and his first post-surgery checkup bodes well for that career bailout.
“My feelings so far are positive because I don’t have any pain, that’s very important,” Marquez admitted. “It allows me to rest and follow the rules of the doctors: healthy food, drink a lot and try to spend time with our dogs because it is important that the body is not inactive. The most important thing from my doctors is that I have to be calm and patient.”
Two weeks after going under the knife at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Marquez met Dr. Joaquin Sánchez Sotelo, Dr. Samuel Antuña and Dr. Angel Cotorro at Ruber Internacional Hospital in Madrid, Spain. The team of doctors confirmed that initial progress on Marquez’s right humerus was positive, so much so that Dr. Sánchez Sotelo sent the runner away with homework.
“As of today, he will begin performing controlled exercises of passive mobilization of the shoulder and elbow until a further review in four weeks,” revealed Dr. Sánchez Sotelo.
The Honda rider will return for a second check after this four-week period. Meanwhile, hopefully he continues to progress to full health and gets a little closer to the starting grid.