Marc Marquez To Miss MotoGP Opener

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Marc Marquez will miss the opening round of the MotoGP season. (Honda photo)

MADRID, Spain – Marc Marquez will not take part in the opening round of the MotoGP season in Qatar as he continues to recover from an injury suffered last season and a subsequent infection.

In a review carried out on the Spanish rider by his medical team 15 weeks after surgery for an infected pseudoarthrosis of the right humerus, a good clinical response has been found after the intensification of his training.

However, considering the time period and the current state of the bone consolidation process, doctors advised Marquez not to accelerate his return to the track and to avoid putting the humerus at risk in intense competition.

Marquez will undergo another medical check on April 12 to determine if he’ll be able to return to racing. He hasn’t competed in a MotoGP event since last July.

“After the last review with the medical team, the doctors have advised me that the most prudent thing was not to take part in the Qatar Grand Prix and to continue with the recovery plan that we have followed in recent weeks,” Marquez said. “I would have loved to be able to participate in the opening race of the World Championship, but we will have to continue working to be able to recover the optimal conditions that allow us to return to competition.”