Doctors have finally given the go ahead for eight-time world champion Marc Marquez to make a MotoGP return, for the first time since last July, following his latest medical check.
A Repsol Honda statement made no mention of next weekend’s Portimao round, but on social media Marquez made clear he will be on track for round three of the season:
“They have been 9 difficult months, with moments of uncertainties and ups and downs, and now, finally, I will be able to enjoy my passion again! See you next week in Portimao!!”
After testing an RC213V-S production bike twice last month, Marquez was targeting a comeback at the Qatar season openers. However, doctors concluded his troublesome right-arm fracture was still not ready.
But the green light has now been given and, providing he passes a MotoGP medical check on Thursday, Marquez can complete his first ever MotoGP laps at Portimao (one of the tracks he visited on the RC213V-S) in Friday practice.
The Repsol Honda statement said: “In the review carried out on Marc Márquez by the Hospital Ruber Internacional medical team, four months after surgery, led by Doctors Samuel Antuña and Ignacio Roger de Oña, and made up of Doctors De Miguel, Ibarzabal and García Villanueva, for an infected pseudoarthrosis of the right humerus, a very satisfactory clinical condition was found, with evident progress in the bone consolidation process.”
“In the current situation, it is considered that the patient can return to competition, assuming the reasonable risk implicit in his sporting activity.”