Surgery Successful For Marquez, Crutchlow - Marquez Aiming For Brno

It was a busy day at the Dexeus clinic in Barcelona, as both Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow went under the knife to fix injuries picked up at the opening round of the season at Jerez. Marquez broke his right humerus in a fast crash at Turn 3 during the race, while Crutchlow fractured his left scaphoid in a crash during warm up. Surgery was successful for both riders, with no complications reported.

Marc Marquez had the more invasive surgery. The doctors opened his right upper arm to put the broken humerus back together and fix it in place with a titanium plate. The best news from the operation is that there was no nerve damage, which had been a concern in the immediate aftermath of the crash.

With the humerus now plated, Marquez is aiming to return at Brno, to be held on August 9th. If that is too soon, then the Repsol Honda rider will try to race at the first round in Austria a week later.

Cal Crutchlow had the fractured scaphoid in his left hand pinned. The LCR Honda rider will test his wrist on Friday, to see if it will withstand the forces of riding a MotoGP machine.

Below are the press releases from Repsol Honda and LCR Honda:

Successful surgery for Marc Marquez, Alex Marquez prepares for second run in Jerez

Alex Marquez prepares for back-to-back races as reigning World Champion Marc Marquez undergoes surgery on his broken right humerus in Barcelona.

After falling heavily on Sunday, Marc Marquez was diagnosed with a broken right humerus and travelled to Barcelona on Monday to the Hospital Universitari Dexeus. Dr Xavier Mir and his team in collaboration with Dr Barrera performed an open reduction and internal fixation of a titanium plate to the right humerus. The radial nerve was untouched and did not need intervention.

Marc is now recovering from successful surgery and will remain in hospital for up to 48 hours. His aim is to return to the 2020 World Championship as soon as possible with an expected date becoming clearer soon.

Alex Marquez will again mount his Repsol Honda Team RC213V at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto after a solid rookie debut. The Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía presents a unique chance to run at the same circuit as the previous race, Alex and his side of the Repsol Honda Team garage able to apply all that they found during the previous weekend. Conditions ahead of the weekend look to again be demanding as temperatures are expected push above 30°C for most of the event. The reigning Moto2 World Champion will be aiming to collect points and finish as the top rookie once more.

Free Practice 1 begins at 09:55 Local Time on Friday, July 24. Lights for the 25-lap Andalucía GP will go out at 14:00 Local Time on Sunday, July 26.

Alex Marquez

“First, I’d like to again wish Marc, Cal and Alex Rins a speedy recovery. From my side as a rider, the situation does not change too much as I have my job, my objectives and I will always push to the maximum to achieve them. Going racing at the same circuit will be interesting, times will be very fast as most people have a good base setting but I am confident for the weekend, I learned a lot in my first GP and now I can apply it directly on the track again.”

Alberto Puig
Team Manager

“Everyone who races in the World Championship has the unfortunate possibility of getting injured and having to go to the operating room. Unfortunately, it was our turn and it was Marc who has had to undergo surgery. Marc will take some time to recover but we are happy with how everything has gone. Doctor Mir and his team have taken care of the entire situation since the fall and performed a successful operation. This gives the Repsol Honda Team a lot of motivation, knowing it went well, but now we have to be patient to see how Marc recovers and to understand when he can return.”

“Cal Crutchlow also had an operation that went well and in principle, his intention is to test the wrist on Friday. We are optimistic about his participation in the Grand Prix."

“This weekend we will be focused on Alex, helping him to take another step forward. When you are young and new in a category, every week you improve and grow. We hope he can close the gap to the front of the race.”


21 July 2020 | Barcelona

LCR Honda CASTROL rider Cal Crutchlow has undergone successful surgery on his injured left wrist. The Briton reported a fracture to his left scaphoid after crashing during the warm-up session at the Spanish GP last Sunday.

This morning, Dr. Xavier Mir performed surgery on Crutchlow's wrist at the Hospital Universitari Quirón DEXEUS in Barcelona. The surgeon was pleased with how the procedure went.

Lucio Cecchinello

“I would like to thank Dr. Mir and his medical team for performing surgery on Cal’s left wrist this morning. A small screw has been inserted into his scaphoid to fix the fracture. The surgery went well as Dr. Mir personally informed me, and Cal will be discharged from the hospital later this afternoon. If everything goes well, we expect him back at the Angel Nieto Circuit in Jerez on Thursday morning, where he will be visited by Dorna’s Medical Director, Dr. Ángel Charte who will assess his fitness to race. Our technical staff is working to have everything ready to allow Cal to ride in Friday’s morning practice.”

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My bet:  Marquez comes back in Brno so unbeleivably determined that he wins out the rest of the season.  Any bit of adversity and this guy sets out to prove something and is able to summon his unworldly talent.  I doubt he'll make that same mistake he made in Jerez again. 

He is not invincible though and there are plenty of options available in the encyclopaedia of mistakes and misfortune. He will need to be careful not to over-stress that plate and his muscle with his routine of saves. The intense series of races does not give anyone much time to recover from the exertion, never mind injury. This will test his stamina as well as his intellect.

Tired of the Marquez' domination in the recent motogp era, but don't want to see him go out due to injury. His riding yesterday was reminiscent of some of his more colorful antics from the past - Qatar 2015 running off track only to rejoin and struggle to 5th, Argentina 2018 when he got the ride through and barged his way towards the front from the back of the pack. Only yesterday he sliced his way forward with more finesse. From lap 5 until his exit from the race, Marc gained .5 seconds/lap average on Viñales, but only .13 average on Quartararo. Marc's not out of the championship at this moment, but it looks to be a steep challenge for him to win it. A championship which is in it's own state of flux due to the ongoing covid situation. Nobody can say for sure just how many races there will be this season. Nothing is certain.

Whether or not one aligns with the belief of deservability, Dovizioso is not a favorite this year. The Yamahas with youthful pilots are strong, and Miller opined that he even could have won the race without a numb throttle hand for half the race. Comparing Jack's and Dovi's race results from last year though paints a different picture. We'll see just how much Miller's race craft has grown, and how much Dovi is able to change his riding style and his team are able to adjust the bike to address the trouble he's having with the tires in the races to come. Even with Rins' compromised shoulder most likely slowing him up a bit (if he is even able to participate before Marquez does), the Marquez' injury may be the great leveler of the championship fight.

Another crash for Crutchlow to further cement just how critical the front of the Honda RC213V is. I still allow for the possibility that the Honda may offer Marquez the greatest opportunity to shine and show off his talent. But Miller's "Unseen" comments about Marc's crash on says that the traction control activated on Marc's bike and Marc whacked the throttle open more causing the highside. It has been said that inside every great champion is a very powerful inferiority complex. See the video here:

Just "upriver" from that throttle twist he was, yet again, off line. Memory from Sunday says he may have touched curbing? His front went away visibly earlier in the race more than once. The bike moved around in wrong ways. Repeatedly off line though, missing apexes by a longshot. Inconsistent. Oof.

Good news on the surgery. Not a humorous humerus moment.

I think that's the same thing that happened to Casey Stoner in 2012 at Indianapolis when he highsided during practice and shredded his ankle.

I may be proven wrong, as often i am, but to attack as he does with an arm healing from a serious injury doesn't make much sense. Unless the doctors have created a bionic man there will be no saving lowsides in the right handers minimum but any crash would be ill advised (read that as dangerous).

It's a shame about the first off he had on Sunday because we didn't get to see the 'standard' potential of the Marc/Honda combo, we only got to see the 'everything in' potential. Was good to see though, working the bike in every possible way and every part of the corners to make the lines.

Brno will be interesting. Will a relatively risk free ride be enough ? Marcs stats being what they are, one DNF from the others is all it will take if he returns on winning form.

As has been true for every rider before, champion or not, injuries slow them down. They lose nerve. They lose physical ability. MM had not lost nerve, but he will, and that time may be now. Ability? Still amazing, but he made two big mistakes during this race. Is everyone ignoring that? 
Champions make amazing recoveries and return for heroic post-injury races, and that makes headlines. It would be great if someone actually tracked careers and injuries. I think there's something in that data. 

To my mind Vale was never the same after the broken leg. Then again, look at Doohan and, for that matter, Jorge after demolishing his ankles. I think it relates to when the rider has a particularly bad injury. Once you've achieved pretty much all you can it must be a little harder to put it all on the line week after week. And age too. You feel a little less immortal in your '30's than you do in your '20's. In which case I expect Marquez will just carry on regardless for a while yet.

One thing that hasn't been touched on much is that, in my view, this arose out of pressure, from Vinales and Quartararo in particular. That isn't going away and, while dnf's by either of these in the races ahead could level things up, it's equally possible that MM will trip over himself again.

In a different vein, there are several podium contenders out there now with no-one (other than MM) clearly stronger than the others (yet). That might change over the next 2 or 3 races but, meanwhile, they are likely to take points away from each other. The gap MM has to bridge may be less than we think. Vale in '06 springs to mind. My memory is hazy but I think there was a point in that season where Nicky had a decent margin, but it was touch and go by Valencia.

Give MM a break, 8 month layoff, coming back after shoulder surgery, hot as hell, bike which barely was sorted by end of testing, and add to all that had just ridden at 100% for 20 laps. He effed up and paid. I predict he comes back more dominant.

Why shouldn't MM try to run this weekend? Could he settle for 5th place points? A crash on the plate could be career ending, so couldn't one in Brno. Can he control the red mist?