Marc Márquez, a Honda rider, missed the last two races of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship and had to be out for three months after suffering a slight concussion that left him with sequelae in the form of vision problems due to nerve damage.
The one from Cervera had already gone through something similar during the winter of 2011, after a crash during the weekend of the Moto2 Malaysian Grand Prix that caused the same setback.
This led Márquez to go through a period of uncertainty in his sports career, which was repeated last year while he was recovering from his vision difficulties.
The Spaniard was cleared by doctors to get back on his MotoGP bike in pre-season practice last month, and says the experience he had with his arm injury in 2020 has helped with his recovery.
“Yeah, I mean, this time for me… the last time is always the hardest because you forget the first time,” Marquez told Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview last month.
“But this time it was more difficult. Why? Because I knew what was coming, what was on the way.”
“The first time, in 2011, it was every day ‘OK, today? No.’ He always did that [wondering if this was the day he would start to get better] when I woke up and opened my eyes.”
“But this time, when the doctor told me I had the same problem, [it will be] three months [of recovery], it was like déjà vu, and so I left him [wondering when he would be better].”
“I said ‘ok, give up’ and I didn’t set any date [to return],” explained Marquez. “It was like ‘give up and time will tell’, because if not, it is impossible, but it is true that in the last part, when you see that the vision is improving, you begin to see that February is closer, than the first race is closer, you start to have some feelings of anxiety.
“You feel like ‘what’s going on?’ , was another [yet],” he continued.
“And those operations would mean three months [more of loss]. The experience with the arm helped me a lot in this last injury”, commented the one of Honda.
Marquez’s eye problems came after he was forced to miss the entire 2020 season with a fractured right humerus in the first race of the year, and he would continue to battle the injury when he returned to racing for 2021.
The 2022 MotoGP season begins this weekend in Qatar, and it will be the Catalan’s tenth in the premier class with the Japanese team.