Marc Márquez: Why he lost his fun / MotoGP

Repsol Honda star Marc Marquez pulls the release cord and undergoes fourth surgery on his right arm at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota next week.

Marc Márquez has been asked several times over the past weeks and days if he may have to undergo another operation to finally be able to drive in optimal condition almost two years after the Jerez accident. Alberto Puig, Repsol Honda’s long patient team principal, has stated that sending his superstar back to the hospital and then on a month-long recovery vacation was clearly difficult.

“Marc had his last surgery about 18 months ago,” recalls Puig. “He then underwent a long rehabilitation and returned to the racetrack in April 2021. Doctors and therapists have worked very diligently with Mark, but he is still unable to drive as he did before the 2020 accident. Unfortunately, Marc’s position on the bike is not what he needs to live up to his expectations for a GP weekend. We consulted various doctors, including our Spanish doctors, but also specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Doctors in America have said now is the right time for the fourth operation on the right shoulder. “

Mayo Clinics will stabilize the right shoulder because there is too much rotation in the joint. The fracture is also not fully healed, so Marc is constantly in pain in his muscles and his tendons suffer from this situation as well.

“After talking to the doctors in Mugello on Friday afternoon, we decided that this operation would be performed in America. So Marc will break his season after GP Mugello and will have an operation in America in the next few days, Puig added. “Marc has suffered long enough, we want to thank him for his dedication. We all believe that now is the right time for surgery to repair the humerus and restore shoulder stability. “

Marc Márquez will start 12th in the field tomorrow, only tenth in the world championship, although he had to miss Mandalica (again a highsider in warm-up and double play) and Termas de Río Hondo.
“The injury to the upper right shoulder was really complicated,” admitted the Honda factory driver. “The worst thing was the infection. 18 months ago the doctors in Madrid did a great job removing this infection and repairing my humerus. Dr. Samuel Antuna and dr. Angel Cotorro has been successful. But I have to admit that when I returned in 2021, I felt severe constraints. But I never gave up, pushed, worked and tried. I worked closely with Dr. Cotorro worked together. I have learned to value his opinion. “

“I had to realize that I didn’t like this season. I suffer badly, I feel pain, I have no strength »complained the eight-time world champion. “That’s why I can’t drive the way I imagine. And because of this situation, I put too much strain on my healthy left arm and my entire left arm. My performance isn’t bad, but it doesn’t look like I expect from myself. That is why, in October, together with the doctors, I was wondering if we should re-operate the arm. But at the time, the fracture had not fully healed. Doctors then said the risk was still too great. So I stayed calm, I was preparing for the new season, I was trying so hard, but in the last four months there has been no improvement in my health. Therefore, we re-evaluated the situation with doctors after the Jerez GP in early May. Then it was decided that we would perform the operation as soon as possible. I did everything I could before to avoid surgery. Because I didn’t want to open my arm again. But it’s the only way to get rid of the symptoms.

“The problem is that my right shoulder is not stable enough, the rotation is too big, so I haven’t been able to assume my natural position on the bike all year,” said Márquez. “But I won a few races in 2021, so I figured I’d have that chance again this year.” But the results left much to be desired. That is why we have agreed on a date for the operation in America. Looks like a nightmare, but I’ll be back. Doctors have no doubts that now is the right time. We’ll see how long it takes to recover. We’re taking our time with nothing. “

In July, it will be two years since the disastrous Jerez disaster that suddenly changed Marc Márquez’s successful career with series victories, title hunting and his life. “I have no idea how long I need to pause now. We are doing it now because there is no point in continuing to drive in this state. It’s not funny. But now we’re pausing the season to start preparations for 2013 at some point. But it will take a long time to come back. “

Márquez has a contract with HRC until the end of 2024. “In my current condition, I could sometimes be on the podium. But I don’t want to continue like that. “

Marc has only made half of this season respectfully as he has set himself realistic goals so as not to be disappointed every day.

The 59-time MotoGP winner has had as many premium victories as all his opponents combined. But mentally, this unique talent has suffered as pitifully as he has physically in the past 21 months.

“One of my strengths in the past has always been that I was very strong mentally,” admitted the Spaniard. “If I hadn’t had this trait, I’d have thrown a mess away a long time ago since the fall in Jerez. But you have to believe in yourself. I have to make an effort. It is true that many people do not understand my situation. So they’re talking nonsense. But I know my complaints, my condition and my limitations. And I know my skills. But because of my ailments, I can’t make money from them now. Even before the season I felt my physical limitations. But in Portimão, Jerez and the Jerez test, I was only able to do 20 laps. I didn’t feel any progress. That’s why I’m having surgery now in the middle of the season. This is not a perfect time. But it’s best for me and for my future. Because the doctors said: Break the season and come to America.

MotoGP Mugello Q2 Results:

1. Di Giannantonio, Ducati, 1: 46,156 min
2. Bezzecchi, Ducati, + 0.088s
3. Marini, Ducati, +0.171
4. Zarco, Ducati, +0.227
5. Bagnaia, Ducati, +0.315
6. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 0.350
7. A. Espargaró, Aprilia, +0.351
8. Nakagami, Honda, +0.405
9. P. Espargaró, Honda, +0.511
10. Bastianini, Ducati, +0.523
11. Marcin *, Ducati, +1.067
12. M. Marquez, Honda, +1.312

The rest of the starting line-up:
12. Miller, Ducati, 1: 47,621 min
13. Pirro, Ducati, 1: 48,209
14. Marcin *, Ducati
15. Oliveira, KTM, 1: 48,231
16. B. Binder, KTM, 1: 48,255
17. Mir, Suzuki, 1: 48,732
18. A. Marquez, Honda, 1: 48,846
19. Gardner, KTM, 1: 48,907
20. D. Binder, Yamaha, 1: 49,471
21. Rins, Suzuki, 1: 50,266
22. Savadori, Aprilia, 1: 50,270
23. Morbidelli, Yamaha, 1: 55,369
24. Viñales, Aprilia, 1: 56,479
25. Fernández, KTM, 1: 57,106
26. Dovizioso, Yamaha, 1: 57.671

* = net penalty (3 places to the rear)

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