Marc Marquez went to the Ruber hospital in Madrid this morning to assess if he'll need surgery on his right arm again. According to what Sky Sport MotoGP colleagues reported, Marquez was accompanied by his father for a consultation to clear any doubts.
We know Marc’s first choice was a more conservative approach after his second operation. The idea was to give his right humerus time to heal, without being subjected to additional stress. On paper, this should have allowed Marc to get back on his Honda for the Aragon race. However, when it became clear that his rehab would have taken much longer, the hypothesis of a third operation became more concrete, hoping that this one will be decisive.
Marquez risks missing out on the first tests of 2021, scheduled in Sepang starting February 19th, since this third operation will also keep him away from his Honda during the following session, scheduled in Losail starting March 10th. This would be the price he’ll have to pay, in order to try to solve his problem, hoping he’ll be able to get back on his bike for the first race of the 2021 World Championship, also in Losail on March 28th, eight months after he last got on “his” RCV 213.
The surgery will probably consist in a bone transplant, according to the surgeons interviewed by the media. A technique that would solve Marquez’s problems but that will, however, cost him a long recovery. The eight-time world champion will be 28 years old in 2021, so even the hypothesis of losing part of the season in order to completely recover appears to be a legitimate price to pay, rather than risking to compromise the career of a rider who’s destined to write many other pages of MotoGP history.