MotoGP

Marc Marquez returns to Jerez as he seeks green light to race

Marc Marquez is returning to Jerez to undergo a medical that will determine whether he can race in the Andalucia MotoGP just three days after undergoing surgery

Honda has confirmed Marc Marquez is returning to Jerez amid speculation he will attempt to compete in this weekend’s Andalucia MotoGP just two days after undergoing surgery on his broken arm.

The Spaniard fractured his right humerus in an accident during the closing stages of Sunday’s Spanish MotoGP when he was glanced by his Honda RC213V as he tumbled through the gravel trap.

Prior to that he was fighting his way back up the order following an earlier mistake that dropped him to the back of the field, Marquez recovering to third when he fell out of the race.

Though there were serious concerns of longer-lasting damage to his radial nerve, Tuesday’s surgery confirmed that has been undamaged, news that has reportedly buoyed him to consider coming straight back for this weekend’s second event in Jerez.

As such, Marquez is travelling to Jerez and is understood to be in line for a medical exam later today to determine whether racing this weekend is a feasible possibility.

The attempt has echoes of Jorge Lorenzo in 2013 when he broke his collarbone during practice at Assen, flew to Barcelona for an operation and return to compete in the race, finishing fifth. However, a fall at the following German race necessitated further surgery, indicating the risk Marquez could be taking if he attempts to compete this weekend.

Despite this, Dr Xavier Mir – who operated on Marquez – has said the more likely plan remains returning for round three in Brno.

“The truth is that, with no affectation to radial nerve, the door is only half opened to a return at Brno,” he said on Wednesday. “But still, there remains the possibility of him riding there.”

Marquez is not the only rider needing a medical ahead of the weekend with both Alex Rins and Cal Crutchlow fighting fitness to compete.
 

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