Marc Marquez To Delay Return To MotoGP Until Fully Fit, Out For '2 to 3 Months'

Marc Marquez will not be returning to race at MotoGP at any point in the near future, and may not return at all in 2020. Today, the Repsol Honda team issued a press release lacking in much detail beyond the fact that they will delay Marc Marquez' return until he is fully recovered from the injury to his right humerus which he suffered at the first race in Jerez.

The press release stated that the expected recovery period is "two to three months before Marc can return to the RC213V". Two months from today, August 22nd, would be October 22nd, a few days after the first race at Aragon. Three months would be mid-November, just in time for the last race of the 2020 MotoGP season at Portimao. Whenever he returns, it is unthinkable that he would be in with a chance of defending his MotoGP title.

The press release glosses over the details of his injury, but it appears that the right arm is in a far worse state than expected. Marquez was able to attempt to ride a motorcycle just a few days after surgery, but once he felt something change in his arm, he stopped. Opening a heavy set of glass doors rebroke his arm, requiring more surgery. Whether that created more damage than Repsol Honda are letting on is an unanswered question.

Below is the press release from the Repsol Honda team announcing Marquez' extended absence:

Marc Marquez and HRC focus on recovery

Marc Marquez will continue recovering in the coming weeks. The MotoGP World Champion together with HRC, have consulted with and compared the opinions of a number of specialists in regard to the injury to the humerus of the right arm that Marc suffered on July 19 at the Spanish Grand Prix. As a result, all parties have decided to modify the planned recovery process. The objective of both Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team is to return to the World Championship when Marc’s arm has fully recovered from the serious injury that occurred in Jerez. It is estimated it will take between two to three months before Marc can return to the RC213V. HRC has not set a Grand Prix for the return of the reigning World Champion and will continue to report on the evolution of his recovery.

Alberto Puig - Team Manager

"There has been a lot of talk about Marc's recovery and the various deadlines, but from the first day after the second operation we have said that the only objective that exists is for him to be one hundred percent. We do not want to rush. Once Marc is in a position to return and compete at the level he knows, then we will think about the next objective."


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that Marc's initial attempts to bounce back rapidly havent caused more damage and complications.  And maybe there is something to be learned here .. maybe the Dr's need a bit more say in when a person can come back.

I also immediately thought of Doohan and his infection. We'll probably only find out for sure after he retires and puts out an autobiography. Turn 4 at Jerez has a lot to answer for!

uumm, to talk in terms of 2-3 months off for a professional motorcycle racer of MM93 calibure.That sounds a lot more serious than people are letting on.Has he picked up an infection of some kind i wonder? I,m thinking of Mick Doohan here,hope he's alright 



With the compressed season and the severity of his injury, I hope this means Honda/Repsol/Marc have been made to see sense and allow full recovery. I certainly hope it doesn't mean Marc has done even more severe damage to himself, although since he bust a metal plate in his own arm the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.


Meanwhile, every other rider on the grid is rubbing their hands with glee, this could be their year.

He tried to save his season, let us hope he hasn't ended his career. Do we know all the facts, with this team, I sincerely doubt it. Only fact we can confirm is, he isn't at Styria racing.

It seems this is no longer a relatively straightforward injury, with time the healer. Whatever the case I wish him well, a full recovery, to come back at his best, and then be given a good run for his money by the young bloods. And in that order of preference.

Well said. I am not inclined to conjecture on the injury past what we know. He knows he can't get the Championship, and got a reality check on the plate/screws/insertion points re-breaking. Just like the limit he finds, then falls JUST on this side of. He found it, and adjusted course.

Heal well Marc. Enjoy watching the show with us. Much will be different when you return after this pivoting transition. The best Honda is Orange. The best Yamaha is still a Suzuki since the motor lost revs. A big handful of young riders have taken a significant step forward. The Ducati project has a couple of riders coming good. And you sir saw God and had to brake. Glad you are ok.

But I have always admitted that he is the best rider of his era. I fear that we may find out that there is more to his injury--the time frame makes me think it is serious. I hope it is not. More fun to beat MM at his best than to win in his absence.

I was immortal well into my 20's. Then I grew up (well, started to anyway). Maybe that is what is happening here also.


I hope MM93 does get better, but in a bizarre way we have to thank him for what is turning out to be the most exciting season ever. 

I am so excited to have tickets for Portimao. Especially if Marc decides to turn up and prove a one off point, a la Bayliss at Valencia... 

2 laps of shakeout, third pointy end pace. A bit more measured. And joined by several bikes. 

In a head to head to head battle 1st race, the Marc-Honda Achilles will be on display. Looking fwd.

I tend to trust Dr. Costa.  He states that his doctor(s) should have inserted a pin, and not done the plate.  You can read his comments on  If he is correct, the wrong procedure was performed and this came at Marc's expense.  

That would be a mistake. Valentino Rossi stopped trusting him after he got Rossi's shoulder wrong in 2010. Spoke to other racing doctors with knowledge of Dr Costa's work. They were not impressed.

I've occasionally wondered how the circus doctor gets that job and what they do in between times. I do know I'd want to know the answer to both before letting them loose on my knackered joints. In general, you want to be operated on by a surgeon that's fixing that particular joint day in day out if at all possible,  as this is how they get good at it. Someone doing the odd shoulder every few months... risky.

You can get the best doctor who performs the most successful procedure and still have complications afterwards. Just been my experience. There are no guarantees. 

Not only has Marc Marquez endangered his health and career by attempting to return too soon but he has put into jeopardy the career of his younger brother, Alex, as well. Surely Marquez Jr. would have benefited from having big brother Marc, manager Puig, as well as Honda leadership in his garage the past races. Instead HRC decision makers have spent their time with Japanese hope Takaaki Nakagami and we've seen the results of that attention. Nakagami, a previously non descript MotoGP rider has performed admirably while current Moto2 champ Alex Marquez has lanquished at the rear of the grid.

Let us hope Marc Marquez returns to health soon not only for his well being but for the sake of his brother's career as well.