Following a second surgery, which took place on Monday, Honda has confirmed Marc Marquez will miss this weekend’s Czech Grand Prix. Honda test rider Stefan Bradl is going to replace him.
“Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room,” said Dr Xavier Mir of the Hospital Universitari Dexeus on Monday to Crash.net. “The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient.
An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.
“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an over stress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”
The Repsol Honda team also announced that HRC test rider Stefan Bradl will take Marc’s place, alongside younger brother Alex, in the Czech Republic.
‘After undergoing a second operation on his injured right arm, Marc Marquez and HRC have decided that the World Champion will not ride in the Czech Republic in order for him to recover more,’ said a team statement. – HRC
‘In his place, HRC test rider Stefan Bradl will mount the Honda RC213V.’
This means that Marc Marquez will not take any points out of a possible 75 after 3 rounds of this year’s World Championship, which will open the possibility for rivals like Vinales and Quartararo to win their maiden title in the Premier Class and break a series of 4 consecutive titles for Marc.
Since coming to the MotoGP, the Spaniard has won 6 titles in 7 seasons and he needs just one more title to equal the score of Valentino Rossi [7 Premier-Class titles, 9 overall].
Meanwhile, Bradl will be making his first MotoGP start since last year’s Austrian round. The ban on wild-cards for 2020 meant the German was not expected to race the RC213V at all this year.
“First of all I want to wish Marc a speedy recovery, what he did in Jerez was incredible and he showed that he has the true spirit of a champion,” Bradl said.
“I am looking forward to riding the Honda RC213V again, due to the global pandemic we have not been able to test as we would normally so it will take some time to adjust to the bike and MotoGP again but I have ridden the superbike a few times so I know my fitness is good.
“It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to, competing with the Repsol Honda Team is always a great honour and I am pleased to help Honda. Let’s see how the weekend goes.” – Said German rider who earned 1 point last year in Brno [15th place].