The Repsol Honda team has announced that Marc Marquez is to miss the Argentina round of MotoGP at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. The Spaniard met with the specialist treating him for diplopia, or double vision, on Monday, who judged that it would be better for him to sit out the race weekend taking place in Argentina.
There was good news too, however. Confirming Marc Marquez' own report that the diplopia was nowhere near as bad as the bout he suffered after a training crash at the end of last year, Dr Sanchez Dalmau noted that Marquez' condition was progressing well, and his vision was improving rapidly. That holds out hope for Marquez that he could make a return for the Austin round of MotoGP, a track where he has previously dominated. That could also explain why the Repsol Honda press release only ruled Marquez out for Argentina, and made no mention of Austin, which happens the week after Argentina.
The Repsol Honda press release appears below:
Marc Marquez to miss Grand Prix of Argentina
The Repsol Honda Team rider has already shown very favourable improvements with his diplopia after visiting the Hospital Clínic and an examination from Dr. Sánchez Dalmau.
Marc Marquez visited his ophthalmologist, Dr. Sánchez Dalmau, at the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona yesterday, Monday, where he underwent his second medical check-up after the crash in Warm Up for the Indonesian GP a week ago. In this new examination, Dr. Sánchez Dalmau confirmed that Marc Marquez’s diplopia shows a notable improvement and reaffirms that the progression of his vision is very favourable. As happened with the last episode of diplopia, Marc Marquez will continue to carry out a conservative treatment regime with regular check-ups.
The Repsol Honda Team rider will not take part in the next round of the MotoGP World Championship that takes place this weekend in Argentina as he continues his recovery.
Doctor Sánchez Dalmau
“The second neuro-ophthalmological evaluation carried out on Marc Marquez this past Monday has shown a very favourable evolution in the paralysis of the fourth right nerve affected by the fall that occurred at the Indonesian Grand Prix. Recovery is not yet complete, and Marc Marquez must follow the established therapeutic regime with conservative treatment.”