Marc Márquez’s life changed completely on July 19, 2020, when on lap 3 of the Spanish Grand Prix he went flying and fractured the humerus of his right arm . That injury caused him to have to undergo surgery up to three times, and he did not return until he was completely sure that he could get on a motorcycle in competitive conditions.
The man from Cervera spent almost a year without starting a MotoGP race, and returned to Portugal in April 2021. With the Honda, the Spaniard achieved a seventh position, although he showed that he was not yet at the level that used to.
Marc Márquez participated with his sights set on improving his physical condition and facing 2022 in the best possible way, but a slight concussion at the end of October caused him to relapse from an eye injury that appeared when he was in Moto2, which left him five months without to compete.
The 28-year-old driver missed the last two appointments with HRC in Portimao and Cheste, and focused on his recovery to be present at the pre-season tests in Sepang: “In this time many things have happened, and if I had to choose one word to define my winter I wouldn’t know what it would be”.
“There has been a lot of uncertainty, at times it has been a bit chaotic, at times I did not know when I could compete again or if I could do so again when the diplopia injury recurs,” revealed Márquez in a publication on the Repsol Blog .
“It’s been a really difficult few months, with double vision it’s difficult to lead a normal life, and I needed to be at home, still, so it was quite uncomfortable,” said the Catalan. “Dr. Sánchez Dalmau, my trusted doctor who also helped me in 2012, advised me to do a conservative treatment that required time and patience, and so I did”.
“Thanks to your advice, the recovery has been a complete success and I have been able to recover well from my vision. I am very grateful to the doctors and physios who have treated me, and to all my family and team who have helped me in these difficult times. difficult,” explained the eight-time world champion.
Until a few days ago, the HRC man did not get on a motorcycle, but once he did, he quickly began his preparation: “When in mid-January Dr. Sánchez gave me the go-ahead to be able to get on a motorcycle, I intensified training to be able to reach the pre-season tests in the best possible way”.
“During these weeks I have been able to do motocross, ride the CBR 600 and go karting. At first I had soreness, but each time I have been feeling better”, revealed the Spaniard.
The Sepang pre-season tests will be essential to know if he is in the ideal conditions to compete on top of a MotoGP: “They will help me to see how I am physically and, above all, how my arm is compared to last year. It will also be useful to see the work that HRC has done with the new bike and see where we are.
“I really want to get on top of MotoGP, just thinking about it right now gives me goosebumps,” said the #93.
This has been a complicated stage for Márquez’s life, but he told a curious anecdote that made his recovery more enjoyable: “During the winter, I made a getaway to Granada with my friends that really helped me a lot to disconnect from everything. It was something I hadn’t planned, I was overwhelmed being home and the friends responded perfectly to the plan.