Marc Marquez Gets Green Light To Intensify Training

There is light at the end of the tunnel for Marc Marquez, and the fears are receding that it might be an oncoming train. Today, the Repsol Honda team announced that the results of Marquez' medical assessment performed this week were positive, and the consolidation of bone in his fractured humerus was proceeding well.

That had been the major problem for Marquez in the latter part of last year. An infection of the fracture had stopped bone growth and badly delayed the healing process. Marquez had been forced to undergo a third operation to clean up the fracture, implant tissue to promote bone growth, and reduce infection.

That has finally paid off. In a medical assessment of the bone, the doctors who performed the third surgery pronounced themselves happy with the healing of his humerus, and that it was now strong enough for him to intensify his training and prepare for a return to motorcycle racing.

That does not necessarily mean that Marquez will be ready for Qatar, or at least, for the first race of the season there on March 28th. Marquez is yet to ride a motorcycle, but with this approval, he is ready to try a dirt track or motocross bike, to prepare the way for riding a MotoGP bike.

At the Repsol Honda launch last month, Marquez had been cautious about a return date. He would only move on to the next stage when he had both received the medical say so, and felt strong enough and ready for it physically. "Now I’m waiting for the bone consolidation," Marquez said back in February. "When it's OK I will continue with my rehabilitation, in the gym, with my physio. We will see. My target was to be in the Qatar test. The doctors said no. I accepted. The second target is try to be in Qatar race. Doctors will decide. This will be the process. But I will ride MotoGP bike when I will feel in an acceptable way, in good condition. Now, even if tomorrow the doctor says you can ride a bike, I’m not in the condition to ride a bike. We will see. I don’t have a clear target. The only clear target is I will not ride in Qatar test. Another target is this week I feel better than last week. This is the main target."

The press release from the Repsol Honda team appears below:

Further update to Marc Marquez’s medical progress

In the medical review performed on Marc Marquez, 14 weeks after surgery for an infected pseudoarthrosis of the right humerus, the medical team led by Doctors Samuel Antuña and Ignacio Roger de Oña have clinically and radiographically verified satisfactory progression of bone consolidation. From this moment on, Marquez can now intensify his strength and mobility recovery programme with a view to gradually returning to competitive racing.


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finally we'll have back the bench mark of the lot!!!! I am so looking forward to see MM on a bike again. It was weird watching the races last year knowing that these races would have looked so different with him being on track. And I reckon the conversation will shift seismically once he is on a bike again. the hunger on his part will be greater than ever. BRING IT ON!!! smiley

ps. the smiley selection is pathetic!!!!!

The Marc is now an adult. We will have a "B.C./A.D." for him, Before Crash/After Development.

He won't be racing the first couple of rounds. When he returns his crash rate will be dramatically lower. Fewer saves necessary. He and his bike have developed away from a non sustainable extreme. We all saw the excessive dice rolls and skittle math. Look at Marc's face. Listen to the shift in regard for consequences. Watch him come back mindfully, measured. Then win. Already his right and left arms are starting to feel back in balance functionally for everyday life. We have a changed wiser Marc. Honda too, despite themselves.

He is going to begin riding soon, flat track and smaller road bike. Intensity up a notch training, loading the right arm, building muscle, preparing for a MotoGP bike's demands. 

Maybe an attempt at the third round, more to get him back on a MotoGP bike vs race. They are not being coy. They are not sure. He is recovering more quickly now, back to a more "normal" healing stage. His spirits look good. The upper arm looks like sh*t, small/underdeveloped and with huge scars on both sides. But The Marc looks good and readying to come win races...with a more mature and measured approach and rideable bike. Contender 2021, favorite for 2022?

Couldn't agree more Shrink. Might be the first time I've agreed with your every word!

It will be facinating to follow Marquez this season, particularly the 2nd half as he get more fit and acclimated to racing, no longer feeling immmortal, or maybe not even feeling invincible.


Sensible well reasoned thoughts. On the flip side Marquez (along with several other Mgp riders) has an almost inhuman ability to put aside pain and traumatic experiences, jump back on a bike & go at it full tilt over and over. Remember in 2011 he nearly lost his sight in one eye and had double vision for 5 months & didnt seem to phase him. Granted he is older and events tend to add up cumulatively but if anything would cause him to rethink his approach to racing, I would think losing his sight would rank way higher than this injury. He may well look this injury as a "typical" racing injury with an unlucky prolonged infection. 

As you suggest, I see a progression back to winning as he gets back to racing fitness but once there I think he will push as he did before. Its in his very nature.

Agree with motoshrink's comments above. And from what can be seen from the latest photos of Marc's arm, it has lost a lot of muscle mass. Only unknown contemplates Petrucci's comment from the past about racing being "subconscious." How long can Marc's analytical side hold back before his natural instincts emerge to play with the limit? Or will he subtly transform his subconscious mind by creating new patterns?