Marc Marquez will return to MotoGP at the Aragon GP
Marquez has been out of the race since the Italian GP in May, after which he decided to undergo complex surgery on his right arm which he injured during the 2020 Spanish GP at Jerez.
“As you can see I’m smiling, which means I’ll be at the Aragon GP – racing, of course,” he said in a video posted to Instagram.
“After discussing with the doctors and the team, we decided that the best for my recovery was to continue on the bike, adding up the kilometers for next year.
“Doing it in the GP of Aragon in front of all the fans is priceless. I’m sure your support will get me through the whole weekend. I’m looking forward to Friday and being on the motorcycle.”
Since the operation – his fourth since the accident – the six-time MotoGP champion has been working on his recovery and just rode his Honda MotoGP bike last week for the first time.
The Spaniard returned to MotoGP in post-Misano testing and said he “suffered more than he enjoyed” riding the bike again while commenting positively on the improved feel of the bike. his arm after the operation.
Marquez still completed 100 laps in practice at the Italian venue and finished about half a second off the pace.
“The arm is natural,” he said after the test. “He’s in his natural position when I don’t need to use a lot of force.
“That means when I come out of the pits or do slower laps it’s fine, but when I use full force I still need the muscles to grow and get stronger to stabilize the shoulder and so I can work much better.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
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“In the left corners, I felt I was in a more natural position than before. In the right corners, I lacked power on the ones I had to attack a lot.
“On the fast section I was losing a few tenths because I didn’t have full stability yet, but I felt safe all the time on the bike, which is also important.
“We can’t forget that I only did two weeks in the gym, two days on the bike, then I came here.
“I haven’t had time to get stronger, but this test will help me understand where I am, to understand which muscles I need to work on more.”
Earlier this week the Spanish rider took to the Aragon go-kart circuit with a Honda CBR 600 road bike for another evaluation before announcing his decision to return to racing.
After his long absence, Marquez is in 15th place in the standings with 60 points, still ahead of his teammate Pol Espargaro.
Honda is last in the constructors’ standings after a dismal season that included its first race without a point since the 1982 French GP.
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