There is more good news for Marc Marquez. After receiving the go-ahead from the medical staff to return to riding motorcycles, the Repsol Honda rider is to travel to Misano and take part in the Misano test on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Spaniard has already ridden a Honda CBR600RR around the kart track at Motorland Aragon twice this week, to test his fitness and see how well his arm holds up riding a motorcycle. Those tests appear to have been successful, and so the next step is for Marquez to ride a MotoGP bike.
As a result, Marquez will attempt to take part in the official two-day test in Misano next week. The objective for the Spaniard will be to get a first taste of the 2023 Honda RC213V, and provide input on the first prototype of next year's bike. Marquez is likely to limit the number of laps he will ride, and focus on quality rather than quantity.
What this means in terms of a return to full-time racing is too early to say. The Motorland Aragon round in two weeks may be too early for Marquez, but on the other hand, it is one of his favorites. It is also the first of a triple header, with Motegi and Buriram on subsequent weeks. That is demanding at the best of times, and may prove too much for a rider coming back from such a long injury.
However, that Marquez will return before the end of the season is now a racing certainty. The question is now only when and where.
The press release from Repsol Honda appears below:
Marquez to travel to Misano
Satisfied with the condition of his right arm, Marc Marquez will travel to Misano with the intention of riding the Honda RC213V during the post-race test.
After two positives tests aboard a Honda CBR600RR at the MotorLand Aragon circuit on August 31 and September 02, Marc Marquez has gained valuable knowledge on the condition of his arm. With the information gained and satisfied with the progress of his right humerus, Marquez will now travel to the San Marino GP with the intention of testing his physical condition further on his Honda RC213V during the post-race MotoGP test. The eight-time World Champion will arrive in Misano on Friday evening to once again observe and work alongside the Repsol Honda Team and HRC before aiming to take to the circuit on Tuesday.