UPDATE: Marc Marquez To Have Surgery On Dislocated Right Shoulder

The fallout of qualifying in Sepang is having serious consequences for Marc Marquez. The Repsol Honda rider had a huge highside during Q2, when he was trying to follow Fabio Quartararo. It was plain to see that Marquez banged up his knees and ankles in the crash, but it now appears he also dislocated his right shoulder in the fall. 

The injury was serious enough to warrant a full medical examination, and the possibility of surgery to fix the shoulder. At the Jerez test, Marc Marquez told Israeli journalist and TV commentator Tammy Gorali that he would be having his right shoulder examined in Barcelona on Wednesday. 

The action was further prompted by Marquez' crash at the Jerez test. On Monday, Marquez crashed in the final corner, and had to be taken to the medical center for further examination. That crash came on top of a highside at Turn 13 during the Valencia test, which also saw him land on his shoulder.

Marc Marquez' injury may also have necessitated a change of testing plan. At Valencia, Marquez shared testing duties on the 2020 Honda RC213V prototypes with Cal Crutchlow and Stefan Bradl. At Jerez, the two remaining 2020 prototypes (less the one too badly damaged in Stefan Bradl's crash) were parked in Marc Marquez' garage, the work of assessing the bikes placed firmly on the reigning champion's shoulders.

Marquez continued to ride after he was injured. The Spaniard finished second at Sepang, and then won the race at Valencia, despite the pain in his shoulder. He also rode in the Valencia test, and now also the Jerez test.

There is as yet no official confirmation of the medical schedule for Marc Marquez. That confirmation is expected to come soon.


The Repsol Honda team have confirmed in their press release that Marc Marquez is to have surgery on this right shoulder to fix the problem. More details were announced: problems had started at Motegi, but the crash at Sepang had made the problem much worse when he dislocated his shoulder. The crash at the Jerez dislocated the right shoulder once again, and though the issue with the shoulder is not as severe as with his left shoulder in 2018, Marquez elected to have surgery as soon as possible to try to avoid the shoulder getting worse in the future.

This means that Marquez faces another long winter of rehabilitation, of physio multiple times a day to recover from the surgery. It was something which Marquez had found hard in 2018 and 2019, and he faces the same process again through this winter.

Below is the Repsol Honda press release announcing the surgery:

Rain ends Jerez Test early for Repsol Honda Team

Midday rain meant the final day of testing in 2019 was cut short, teams making the most of the morning before the conditions worsened.

With the forecast looking bleak, Marc Marquez was among the first riders on track in Jerez as the final day of 2019 commenced. An early in the day 1’37.820 immediately had the World Champion atop the day’s timing table and second overall. More track time would have been welcomed as there is always more to test, but Marc and team are content with what has been accomplished since the flag dropped in the Valencia race.

Likewise, Alex Marquez was left wishing for better track conditions in order to improve his feeling on the RC213V. A best time of 1’39.224, set on the morning of the second day, leaves the 23-year-old as the fastest rookie of the test. The reigning Moto2 World Champion will now begin an intense off season to prepare himself for his debut in the premier class when the lights go out in Qatar.

Marc Marquez will now travel to Barcelona for an operation on his right shoulder at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus-Quiron on Wednesday, November 27. The Repsol Honda Team rider has elected to have the operation as a preventative measure after medical consultation. The operation will be similar to the one performed on his left shoulder at the end of 2018.

The Repsol Honda Team will be back on track for the Sepang Test, February 07 to 09.

Marc Marquez 1'37.820

“Theses two days were very positive for us, working with the 2020 items we have and trying to find the right direction. On the first day we tried a lot of things and then today we started with the best of what we found yesterday. Unfortunately, we only did 20 laps before the rain came. It wasn’t wet enough to properly test in the wet and it certainly wasn’t dry. Now it’s time for the staff in HRC Japan to analyse everything.

“This winter I would have liked to have a nice holiday and enjoy a bit of quiet time after a great 2019 – but it is time to have surgery on the right shoulder. As everyone knows, last winter was very tough for me with the operation on the left shoulder, which was very, very damaged. I want to avoid the situation where my right shoulder is in this condition in the future so I spoke a lot with the doctors to see what our options were. Before Motegi I had some issues with the shoulder and then after the crash in Malaysia I had a subluxation. Here at the test I had another subluxation after the crash, so we decided with the doctors that it was best to have the surgery to avoid the situation we had with the other shoulder. It will take more or less the same time and we will work in the same way to arrive at the Malaysia test as strong as possible.”

Alex Marquez 1'39.224

“The weather was like it was, which wasn’t perfect but in the morning we were able to make another step and improved our time on used tyres. This is good news for us. Like yesterday, when we put new tyres in it started to rain so this is still something we have to look at. We were able to try the bike a little bit in the wet and it felt good. I’m happy with this second day of testing even if there’s still a lot of work to do. I know what I need to do at home to be ready in Sepang.”

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With both 2020 bikes only being tested by MM, it seems other Honda rider's hopes of an easier bike are fading....

Marc has his eyes on busting Rossi's (and then maybe Ago's) records. He is aware of the need for self preservation to get there and another couple of years of the Regularly Crashing Violently 213 could be more than all the surgeons in the world can fix. Marc's shoulder might get the other Honda riders their easier bike.

How many times can MM crash (and actually hit the Earth) and come back for more?  I understand that he might be one of the best conditioned riders in the paddock, but get-offs like the big one at Sepang when he was shadowing FQ have to start adding up.

How many times can a top level rider be put back together by surgeon and physios? It must have a limit.

Having had labrum surgery in early June it is no joke.  Every time shoulder surger is performed there are chancess it will never be the same again.  I didn't have rotator damage so it was a bankart repair, and I just ended an intense 5 month PT schedule.  Strength is already back to near 100%.  Flexibility 95-97%.  Ortho says I will "feel" 100% after a full year.  So that is a layman.  GP guys half that with the access they have to cryo, hyperbaric chambers, etc.  But if he did rotator damage, best of luck. 

I wouldn't worry about the GP guys.  That have access to top orthopedic surgeons, PT doctors, etc.  Marc is still young enough where he can have surgery, rehab and he'll be fine.  It's the repetitive damage to the same shoulder that will do you in. 

I'm surprised he's not complaining more about his right wrist. He body rolled his right hand on the track surface and it looked like there was a serious twist at the wrist. Every time he thumps HARD the thought is "that's it, he must be hurt". But no, he just gets up and continues the race weekend.

I'm certain some of you have heard the old saying, "if Mother nature doesn't get you Father time will"! He's still considered "young" however, all of these crashes that cause him to kiss the pavement will start to nag him eventually. He does hide it well when he crashes. Deja Vu once again for Marc Marquez in the "off season". 

AM73 barely a second and a half off his World Champion brother's times while getting used to the 2019 machine must bode well? Yes, I know it's testing, but still...

While this will be another hard off season of surgery, recovery, physio, and training for Marc, I suspect it won't be as bad as last year.  Last year the surgeons opened up the shoulder and were amazed that it was working at all, it was a major reconstruction.  This one, having only dislocated once or twice, will probably require a less drastic approach and will probably heal quicker.

At least the rest of the field will have a bit of a chance - if only for the first half of the season.