In Portimao, the technical problems on the Honda became the least of the problems for Marc Marquez, who found himself (again) in the eye of the storm for an over the top maneuver performed on Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix and which left several consequences. The most important were the eight times world champion who, by overwhelming Miguel Oliveira and involving Jorge Martin, repaired the fracture of the first metacarpal of his right hand.
In fact, if the Argentine Grand Prix was initially at risk, now comes the official confirmation: Marc Marquez will miss Termas de Rio Hondo, the second round of the 2023 MotoGP season. This was announced by the Repsol Honda team, which issued a press release in which it reveals that the Catalan underwent surgery yesterday evening to reduce the fracture in his hand.
Incident with Miguel Oliveira, RNF MotoGP Racing and Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Immediately after the Portuguese Grand Prix, Marquez returned to Spain for tests and was immediately operated on by Doctor Ignacio Roger de Oña at the Ruber Internacional hospital in Madrid. The operation, conducted together with the doctors Samuel Antuña and Andrea Garcia Villanueva, consisted in the reduction of the fracture and its internal fixation with two screws.
As a precaution, Marquez and the team decided not to fly to Argentina, focusing on full recovery after the surgery. By not participating in the Termas de Rio Hondo race, the eight-time world champion will not serve the penalty imposed on him by the Race Direction. He had to serve a double Long Lap Penalty, as a consequence of the accident that caused Miguel Oliveira to retire (with related leg contusion) and Jorge Martin’s ruinous race (who then suffered a broken toe) .
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