Marc Marquez will not race in Austin. Honda has issued an official press release in which it confirmed the absence of the Spanish champion in the Grand Prix of the Americas. After undergoing a CT scan, the doctors highlighted that the healing process of the first metacarpal of the right hand fractured in Portimao is not yet complete, advising Marquez against racing in Texas.
Even if it is not mentioned in the press release, Honda will probably replace him in Texas with test rider Stefan Bradl.
Below is the note issued.
“Following a final CAT scan, Marc Marquez and his medical team, led by Dr. Ignacio Roger de Oña, at the Ruber Internacional Hospital in Madrid have confirmed the first metacarpal is still in the healing process. After close collaboration with the Repsol Honda Team and HRC, all involved have elected to let the injury fully heal and avoid any unnecessary risks.
Marquez will continue to work through his rehabilitation program at home in order to return at full fitness as soon as possible.”