We might soon know Marc Marquez’s intentions regarding the next Grand Prix in Qatar on March 28th. After lots of speculation, we’ll hear it right from him what really happened after his injury at the Jerez GP.
In fact, the eight-time world champion has spoken only once, in an interview with DAZN Spain, on August 23rd.
The occasion will be the presentation of the Repsol-Honda team, this Monday, which will be followed by a video interview via Zoom with the media. The last time Marc spoke to us was on July 18th, the day before the accident on the Andalusian circuit.
Since then, there has been a news void filled with an orgy of commentary, which did not decrease after his third operation, when they discovered a pseudarthrosis and an infection of the humerus of his right arm.
Subsequently, in one of its rare interventions, Honda let us know that things were finally progressing favorably, and only recently, Marquez started publishing photos without the carbon protection on his arm.
That’s how we know that Magic Marc intensified his physical preparation, but what this means in recovery times and a scheduled return, we have no idea. If we had to think about the terms of his quick return – four days – after the Jerez accident, we wouldn’t be surprised if we see him at the Losail tests. In his condition, six days would be a godsend but, at the same time, those days will also be crucial for Stefan Bradl, who trained this winter, to continue on the development of the RC213-V.
Will he go for broke or will he try to ease back in? Give himself some more time for the first European Grand Prix, on April 18th in Portugal (if there will be one), or even on May 2nd in Jerez? The wait would still give him more than two months. Enough to return, at twenty-eight, not in top form, but almost. The only doubt wouldn’t be his physical strength but his other talents: the habit of going fast, struggling, competing. All things that you develop only by riding a bike.