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MotoGP, Marc Marquez's annus horribilis: from the accident to giving up on 2020

All the stages of the Spanish champion's ordeal: first operation, lightning-fast return, the second intervention, uncertainty about his future

MotoGP: Marc Marquez's annus horribilis: from the accident to giving up on 2020


No one ever imagined that Marc Marquez would have such a cursed year. Yesterday Honda and the rider announced the news that we will not see him on the track again this year. The goal – but therefore not a certainty – for him is to get back on the bike next year, hopefully for the tests scheduled in Malaysia in February, but everything is shrouded in doubt.

So much so that, after a first indiscretion came from Spain on a possible third operation, caused by a pseudoarthrosis (non-union) that prevents the formation of the callus necessary for the consolidation of the fracture, they are beginning to admit the need for this intervention which would put his presence at risk in the first tests of 2021, at the end of February, in Malaysia.

At the moment, the only certain thing is that it all started on 19 July, when Marc crashed while completing a sensational comeback at Jerez after a mistake. Four months, and for the moment two operations later, the timing of the recovery is not yet clear.

Let's retrace the moments of his annus horribilis.

19 July - Marc Marquez fractures his right humerus when he crashes at Jerez.

20 July - Marc Marquez arrives in Barcelona.

21 July - Marquez is operated on in Barcelona.

22 July - Marc Marquez plans to get back on track already in the Andalucia GP.

23 July - Marc Marquez passes the medical examination to race, he chooses not to go out on track on Friday but only on Saturday.

25 July - Marc Marquez gets on the bike in FP3 at Jerez, continues until Q1, a session in which he does not even complete his opening lap, returns to the pits and retires from the Grand Prix.

3 August - Marc Marquez undergoes a second operation on his right arm.

4 August - Honda confirms that Marc Marquez will miss the Brno GP and the two in Austria.

5 August - Marc Marquez sends his first message after the second operation: “crashing is allowed, getting up is obligatory”.

6 August - Alberto Puig, Honda team manager, explains that the titanium plate inserted in the first operation apparently broke when he was opening a window in the house.

15 August - Alberto Puig, Honda team manager, admits that there is no certain date for Marc Marquez's return.

22 August - Alberto Puig says that Marc Marquez will not return to racing for 2 or 3 months.

23 August - Marc Marquez admits that doctors made a mistake in giving him the green light to race at Jerez a few days after the operation. His manager, Emilio Alzamora, confirms that Marc had followed the doctors' indications.

1 September - Marc Marquez publishes a photo on his social profiles with a massive brace protecting his right arm.

15 September - Marc Marquez returns to training with running.

16 September - Marc Marquez returns to training on a bicycle.

23 September - Honda releases an interview with Marc Marquez. “I don't know when I'll be back, my body will tell me. I hope to race at Portimao” he declares.

24 September - Marc Marquez returns to the circuit, but only for a few hours, on the occasion of the Barcelona Grand Prix to say hello to his team.

5 October - Marc Marquez publishes a photo on his social media while he is training in the gym.

18 October - After Alex Marquez's podium at Aragon, Marc publishes a video of him following his brother's race on TV. The speculation begins on those few seconds of footage in which Marquez moves his right arm as little as possible.

21 October - Il Mundo Deportivo says Marquez will probably have to undergo a third operation on his arm. Immediately a denial comes from Honda.

24 October - The first unofficial confirmations arrive that 2020 is already over for Marc Marquez. It is the Honda test rider and his replacement Stefan Bradl who confirms the news.

10 November - Official confirmation comes from Honda and the rider himself: Marc Marquez will no longer race this season. The goal becomes to get back on the bike in 2021.

11 November - Fresh rumours confirm the possibility of a third operation.

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