HRC test rider Stefan Bradl, former Moto2 world champion in 2011 - the year of the accident that cost Marquez the title of the category and in which he risked his eyesight - will be at Jerez this weekend, but not to replace one of the two injured Honda riders, the world champion and Cal Crutchlow.
“I haven't been on a MotoGP machine since early February,” said Bradl to Speedweek. “The HRC managers know that and they don't want to throw me in at the deep end.”
The former world champion will take part in the Andalusian GP as a technical commentator for Servus TV but will still have his "working gear" with him.
"It's all in the HRC Test Team's truck in Barcelona anyway and will be brought to Jerez," joked Bradl, before adding – causing some raised eyebrows – “I cannot imagine that Marc can ride properly three days after an upper arm operation. Maybe there is still a small glimmer of hope for him that he can collect at least a few points on Sunday.”
In fact, Dr. Mir has said that Marquez will return for the Brno GP on August 9, but anything can be expected from Magic Marc…