Marc Marquez underwent arm pump surgery the day after he tested the Gresini Ducati for the first time in Valencia.
Six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has disclosed that he is recovering after undergoing surgery to alleviate the ‘Compartment Syndrome’ he was experiencing during the second half of the MotoGP season.
Marquez underwent surgery just one day after starting his new endeavor as a Ducati rider on Tuesday with a test on the Gresini Racing GP22/23 in order to address the problem also known as ‘arm pump’. This problem comes as a result of pain and numbness in the forearm due to a lack of blood flow.
“In the second part of the season, I have been suffering from Compartment syndrome in my right arm,” the Gresini Ducati rider wrote on Twitter/X.
“We solved the problem this morning with Dr. Ignacio Roger de Oña and their team to be ready for 2024!”
Arm pump is a common condition among riders, especially in MotoGP, and can be corrected surgically. However, Marquez has had several surgeries to solve the problem over the course of the last four seasons.
Marquez was the undisputed force in MotoGP before an incident at the 2020 Spanish MotoGP season opener left him struggling with persistent arm and shoulder injuries.
The eight-time world champion had an exciting debut at Gresini Ducati on Tuesday during Valencia post-season testing. This comes after he confirmed Honda exit at the end of the 2023 season, and in his first outing with his new team during the morning session, he set the second fastest time.
With Repsol Honda, the Spaniard has dominated the sport for the last ten years, taking home six MotoGP titles and 59 Grands Prix victories. However, in 2023 he only managed one podium finish—during the Australian season-opener—and made the decision that it was time to make a switch to a more competitive team.
Marquez is going to ride alongside his younger brother Alex at Gresini for 2024 MotoGP.