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 that 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.
“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,” said Repsol Honda Team Manager Alberto Puig.
“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.”
Source: Repsol Honda; Photo: MotoGP