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MotoGP, Ezpeleta: "I hope Marquez will return at Portimao, but it might take longer"

The Dorna boss spoke about Marc's condition: "if he races in Portugal and gets a good result, he could still be a title contender"

MotoGP: Ezpeleta: "I hope Marquez will return at Portimao, but it might take longer"


Honda, in its official statement released yesterday, glossed over Marquez's recovery times. The doctors stated that they found "a very favourable evolution in the paralysis of the fourth right nerve" but also that "recovery is not yet complete". For the moment, the only sure thing is that he will not race this weekend in Argentina. It is also extremely unlikely that he will be able to take part in the Austin GP, ​​scheduled for next week, and at this point the first possible date would be April 24, when the championship heads to Portimao.

That was also the opinion of Carmelo Ezpeleta who, interviewed by Speedweek, answered a question about the date of a possible return for Marc: "I hope he can ride again as soon as possible. Perhaps he will try at Portimao, but it looks like the break could last longer ”.

In the winter, Marquez needed a couple of months to resolve the problem of diplopia, this time the injury is weaker, so one month might be enough. However, everything is still a bit up in the air, because the doctors have chosen not to resort to surgery, but to continue with conservative therapy.

Does this mean that the season is over and done with for Marc? The big boss of Dorna was optimistic: “I hope that Marc can ride again in Portimao. If he achieves a decent result there, he has the opportunity to fight for top spots in 2022. I don't know if he can win or not, but if he fights for victory at every Grand Prix, he could be in the position of a title contender. It will also depend on the results of the other riders” was his opinion.


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