Marc Márquez: already two years of suffering…

On July 19, 2020 at the Jerez circuit, Fabio Quartararo made the Marseillaise ring for the first time in the premier class since Régis Laconi in Valencia in 1999 in front of empty stands. That same day, Marc Márquez was a victim of a violent high slope on the 22nde lap at turn 3 with the consequence of a fracture of the right humerus. The eight-time world champion has had many ups and downs. Chronology of an endless ordeal…

July 21, 2020 : Márquez undergoes a first arm operation at the Dexeus University Hospital in Barcelona during which a plate and screws are placed. He remains under observation for 48 hours. As a reminder, the second meeting of the season is scheduled for the following weekend at the same Jerez circuit.

July 23, 2020 : The rumors announce the return of Márquez for the GP of Andalusia which the Repsol Honda team confirms with a tweet.

To ride, Márquez must obtain full clearance from the doctors. During his medical visit, he does a few push-ups on the floor and a wall and earns the right to hit the court (see the video of his comeback here).

July 25, 2020 : After skipping Friday to preserve himself, Marquez returns to the track during the third free practice session. Then sign on the 20the time just 1.3 seconds off the benchmark set by Maverick Viñales. Despite the pain, he decides, after consulting with his team, to continue in FP4. He will then complete 6 fast laps before giving up.

August 2, 2020 : On his Instagram account, Márquez publishes a video of his training, without hesitation to request his right arm with the aim of returning to the next GP of the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic.

August 3, 2020 : The Repsol Honda team announces that Márquez has undergone a second operation; the titanium plate used to fix his right humerus has been damaged due to a build-up of stress. If he hadn’t already done so, he can now give up on the title race.

September 23, 2020 : Before appearing in the paddock of the GP of Catalonia to greet his team, Márquez gave an interview (surrounded by his dogs) in which he talks about various aspects, including his return… “I hope to return as soon as possible the sooner the better.” he says at the end of the video.

October 2020 : During the month of October, the rumors coming out of the Spanish media raise the possibility of a third operation.

November 10, 2020 : Announces officially that he will not compete in the last two races of the season in Valencia and Portugal, and plans to return in 2021.

December 3, 2020 : The October rumors are confirmed. The consolidation of the arm that is difficult for him to do, Márquez passes for the third time on the operating table at the Hospital Internacional Ruber in Madrid. During this eight-hour procedure, the plate was replaced and a bone graft was performed.

December 5, 2020 : Another press release from Honda specifies that the scans performed show the presence of a previous infection localized to the fracture. The Catalan then began antibiotic treatment.

December 13, 2020 : Márquez can finally leave the hospital.

January 14, 2021 : One month after returning home, Honda issues a new press release with reassuring news, but the antibiotic treatment has not stopped. A few days later, the Catalan will return to training.

February 22, 2021 : Márquez appears at the presentation of the Repsol Honda team alongside his new teammate Pol Espargaró. On this occasion, he confirms that the official test in Qatar scheduled for March 6 to 12 is skipped.

March 12, 2021 : After getting the green light from his doctors, Márquez gets back on the handlebars of a mini-motorcycle at the Alcarras circuit.

March 16, 2021 (after March 19) : A few days later, heading to Portimão for tests on the handlebars of an RC213V-S, a series machine derived from his RC213V.

March 22, 2021 : Despite traveling to Qatar twice for vaccinations, Marquez has officially withdrawn from the first two meetings of the season at Lusail.

April 9, 2021 : After a final check with his doctors, Márquez is allowed to ride. He then took the reins of Portimão to return 265 days after his last laps in MotoGP. He managed to qualify sixth and reach the finish line in seventh position.

1huh May 2021 : During FP3 of the Spanish GP at this cursed Jerez circuit, Márquez falls hard at turn 7 and ends up in the air barriers (airbags). It’s his first fall since his comeback…unfortunately, it won’t be his last.

June 20, 2021 : If in the wet French GP, victory was within reach, Márquez will have to wait until June 20 to reconnect with the highest step of the podium at his favorite circuit, the Sachsenring. Márquez will have waited 581 days between his last success in Valencia in 2019 and this one in Germany.

June 25, 2021 : One would have thought of a return to the top of the Spaniard, but the Sachsenring, a track that turns left, probably helped him. During the second free practice session of the Dutch GP, he is violently ejected from his RC213V.

September 12, 2021 : After a fabulous duel with Francesco Bagnaia at MotorLand Aragon, Márquez returned to the podium finishing second.

October 3, 2021 : In Austin, another Marquez playground, he again won well ahead of Fabio Quartararo and Bagnaia who are fighting for their own succession to the throne.

October 24, 2021 : Bagnaia makes a mistake and allows Márquez to win for the second time in a row. Crossing the finish line, the Honda rider points his right arm to show he’s back, even on circuits that don’t turn left.

October 30, 2021 : Márquez falls during off-road training. Suffering a concussion, he had to skip the Algarve GP (in Portimão).

November 9, 2021: The Repsol Honda team announces that Márquez will not finish the season due to a new episode of diplopia (double vision); problem he has already suffered after a crash at Moto2’s Sepang GP in 2011.

December 22, 2021 : A press release from the HRC specifies that diplopia progress is going well. The Honda rider must continue with his conservative treatment.

January 13, 2022 : A clear improvement is confirmed by Márquez’s ophthalmologist, who is then authorized to resume the track. Start with motocross training.

January 17, 2022 : Márquez goes to Portimão to do a race on the handlebars of his RC213V-S with which he will do no less than 65 laps.

January 26, 2022 : The Repsol Honda team confirms the presence of Márquez for the official Sepang test (February 5-6). The Spaniard’s season has begun.

March 20, 2022 : So in the Indonesian GP warm-up, Marquez made a mistake at turn 7. Surprised, he retires for the race.

March 22, 2022 : Two days later, Honda confirms that his diplopia woke up this fall. He realized this when he returned home from Indonesia. Then it gets delivered a few days early…

March 29, 2022 : …withdrawal from the GP of Argentina.

April 6, 2022 : Before formalizing his presence at the GP of the Americas, Márquez tried his hand at the handlebars of a CRB600RR at the Alcarras circuit. He will finish sixth in Austin ahead of Quartararo.

May 28, 2022 : During an exceptional press conference after qualifying for the Italian GP, ​​Marquez announces the scheduling of a new operation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester in the United States. Limited in his movements, Márquez decides to take an indefinite break to heal.

June 3, 2022 : The operation went well. However, his humerus had undergone a 30° rotation.

June 18, 2022 : First post-operative check-up carried out by his doctors at the hospital in Madrid. The evolution is positive, but the Catalan must keep his arm in the scarf.

June 28, 2022 : Márquez sends an open letter to his followers in which he recalls the two difficult years he has lived.

July 15, 2022 : Six-week review. Marquez is ready to enter the next stage of his recovery and begin physical therapy with his right arm and cardiovascular training.

July 21, 2022 : Two years after his first operation, Márquez still hasn’t fully recovered. With Honda’s support, however, he took the time to take care of himself. It’s not scheduled to go back yet…but Alberto Puig hopes to see it again soon, at least to test the 2023 RC231V.

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