The only thing missing was the confirmation, which arrived in the morning: Marc Marquez will not be in Brno next weekend. Following the operation that he had to undergo again on his right arm to replace the titanium plate inserted after the Jerez accident, the Honda rider has definitively thrown in the towel.
There is no point going out and looking for new risks, after paying dearly for the efforts of the last few weeks. With the Phenom out of the game, HRC therefore had to make amends and has focussed on Stefan Bradl. It will therefore be up to the German test driver to replace #93 for the occasion:
“First of all, I want to wish Marc a speedy recovery,” he said, “what he did in Jerez was incredible and he showed that he has the true spirit of a champion.”
In the meantime Stefan is raring to go: “I am looking forward to riding the Honda RC213V again, due to the global pandemic we have not been able to test as we would normally so it will take some time to adjust to the bike and MotoGP again but I have ridden the superbike a few times so I know my fitness is good.”
On the other side of the box he will find Alex Marquez, protagonist of an encouraging start to the championship: “This will be just the fifth circuit I have ridden a MotoGP bike at, but it is one I have always enjoyed riding and it has suited my style a lot in the past. We gathered a lot of good information from the two weekends in Jerez so now we can apply what we have learned to a new circuit. Every session I learn more about MotoGP and my bike, I am looking forward to riding in Brno and starting three races in three weekends, it will be intense but I am looking forward to it. I hope Marc can recover well and quickly!”