Marquez to undergo further arm surgery, rest of MotoGP 22 season uncertain

Honda announced it at Mugello in a press conference on Saturday after qualifying, with Marquez due to travel to America next week for surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Marquez badly broke his right arm during the Spanish Grand Prix in 2020 which ultimately ruled him out of this entire campaign as he underwent three operations on the injury.

The first proved unsuccessful as he damaged the plate on his arm while attempting to return to racing in Jerez just days after the operation, while the second operation led to an infection which prevented his arm from healing.

He had a third in the winter of 2020 which kept him out of the first two races of 2021 – although he eventually returned to action, winning three races that year.

However, he struggled on most circuits – especially clockwise tracks – with power in his right shoulder and to this day still has to limit his run in practice to keep in the best physical shape for the races.

This year has been extremely difficult for Marquez, who had to miss two races when he crashed heavily in Indonesia and suffered a concussion – leading to the return of the double vision issues that ruled him out of both last grands prix of 2021, and kept him out for this year’s Argentine GP.

On top of that, he struggled to adapt his riding style to the radically revised 2022 Honda-Marquez which is yet to score a podium this season.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose/ Motorsport pictures

Marquez’s right arm movement has been severely affected by back-to-back surgeries in 2020, which stop the natural movement needed to ride a MotoGP motorcycle.

This has only been accentuated by the drastic change Honda has made to the 2022 bike, which prevents it from riding in its usual style.

As a result, Marquez made the decision with Honda to give up all hope of challenging for the 2022 world championship to undergo another arm surgery and give himself enough time to heal properly.

It is now likely he will miss all remaining races in 2022, although he has no timetable for a recovery period.

Explaining the situation, Honda team boss Alberto Puig said Marquez was told on Friday the operation was now possible and explains what procedure he will undergo.

“As you all remember, 18 months ago Marc had his last surgery on his right humerus and since then it has been a very long process of rehabilitation, hard work with his medical team in Madrid and Doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro, Doctor Samuel Antuna, they worked very hard with him,” Puig began.

“And of course we have made a lot of progress.

“Unfortunately his position on the bike is still not what he really needs to race because he wants to race and meet his expectations on a GP weekend.

“So after analyzing with the doctors, with the group, and consulting another doctor who is linked to our doctors in Spain, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, finally yesterday, we learned that surgery could be carried out.

“This surgery can be performed now because the bone is ready.

“Before it was not ready, it was soft and it was not recommended but it is not recommended.

“And finally yesterday we decided it could be done and for that reason Marc will stop after this Grand Prix and take a break and have this operation in the United States.

“It’s been a long time for him, a lot of suffering and we want to thank him, his efforts during all this time because he suffered a lot.

“But we all think it’s the right time. For you to understand, the surgery will consist of the extraction of the osteosynthesis material on the right shoulder.

“Also combined with a humeral osteotomy to improve the external rotation of the arm and the stability of the shoulder. That’s exactly what they’re going to do, and that’s the situation.

It’s not yet clear who will replace Marquez for the rest of the season, although it is likely to be test driver Stefan Bradl – who replaced the Spaniard in 2020.

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