Marc Marquez has finally confirmed what had long been known.
The Repsol Honda rider announced via social media – and the Repsol Honda team confirmed it in a press release – that he will not make a return to racing in 2020.
He is focused on his recovery, and will attempt to be fit for the start of the 2021 season.
The problem for the Spaniard has been the rate at which his arm is recovering from injury. The humerus, the bone in his upper right arm, which he broke at Jerez, is taking a very long time to grow back and heal sufficiently for him to race.
Repeated scans of his arm have shown the slow rate of his recovery, and consequently, after consulting with multiple medical experts, Marquez has decided to skip the last two races in the hope of giving himself more time to recover.
What this means for next year is still far from clear. The expectation for Marquez is that he will be fully fit by the time the 2021 season kicks off, provisionally at Qatar on March 28th. But as of right now, there are no guarantees, and his rehabilitation program has to continue.
There were credible reports in Spanish media of Marquez requiring additional surgery to fix his arm, but so far, there is no sign of that happening. Marquez continues his recovery, and continues to post pictures of him training on social media.
Below is Marquez’ post on Twitter, announcing he would not be back:
This season I will not compete again. After evaluating how the arm is doing with the Doctors and my team, we have decided that the best option is to return next year. It's time to continue with the recovery. Thanks for the messages of support. Looking forward to returning in 2021 pic.twitter.com/WlQI3BntTN
— Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) November 10, 2020