Marc Marquez Injury Update – Gets second surgery for a bent plate!
August 4, 2020
Proving yet again that the only man who can beat Marc Marquez is he himself! The reigning MotoGP world champion has managed to worsen his injury sustained at the Spanish GP. The path to his recovery and the highly anticipated return to race fitness, (which as we have found out is much flexible as compared to what a normal person would call fitness), has been hugely dented as he had to undergo a second surgery for the fracture he endured at the Spanish GP.
According to a Honda press release, Marquez was operated upon to replace the Titanium plate and its partner 13 screws as it got bent due to ‘stress accumulation’. The surgery was carried out on Monday, August 3. As per Dr. Mir, the Repsol rider will have to spend the next 48 hours at the hospital and the real recovery time for him can only be understood after it. However, it is safe to assume that Marquez will have to skip the Brno race this weekend with even the first race at Austria under doubt a week after. In fact, Marquez coming on to race for the second race in Austria in two weeks and a few days from now also has a very small window of opportunity.
That said, missing any more race is simply the end of any chances that Marquez had to defend his title this year. What it also means is Marquez can and should now concentrate completely on the healing part and not on getting ready for the racing part. There is always next year and Marquez can truly use the time to heal properly. It will also give him enough time in the remaining part of the season to tame in and work over newer setups of the RC213V’s bad temper. His crash and injury should have finally made HRC take note of radical changes that the RC213V needs to go through to become a much easier bike to ride for all.
At present, there are no updates on Crutchlow’s injury, but it seems he would be present at Brno albeit not close to 100% fitness. However, the Brit is known for his grit and Brno happens to be the circuit where he took the famous victory in 2016, so, a good result can be expected from him. The Repsol mantle, however, is solely on the shoulders of the rookie Alex Marquez, who continues to show progress. However, it is still a lot to ask of the rookie. Another Top 8 would be an incredible achievement of the younger Marquez sibling.
This leaves us with Nakagami, the Japanese rider is finally showing the consistent rapid pace that he has always had and now finding more support from HRC, he is showing why he deserves to stay put at LCR Honda for 2021, at least. Brno is turning out to be an interesting race already and it has suddenly become the most important race as we head into three consecutive races before a brief break.