Marquez “does not benefit” from his return to MotoGP
Marc Marquez admits he is “not enjoying” his long recovery after breaking his arm in the Spanish MotoGP round last year, over a year ago now.
Marquez crashed violently on July 19, 2020 in Jerez and, after an aborted return attempt barely a week later, ultimately underwent three operations to correct his broken right humerus.
However, he continues to feel the physical effects of the spill, which now manifests as a lack of strength in his right shoulder.
Repsol Honda team manager Alberto Puig said after the final round, the Austrian Grand Prix, that the six-time champion “is returning to his real potential”.
Marquez, however, admits he’s still “in pain” but is determined to move on.
“In tough times you have to show your potential,” # 93 said in an interview with Britain The Guardian newspaper ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
“In the good times everyone is happy, smiling and quick, in the bad times you have to fight.
“The easiest way would be to quit and come back when I feel ready in a year or two. But that’s not my style.
“My style is to try to suffer to improve myself and come back. And to enjoy it on the bike.
“Now I’m not enjoying, now I’m in pain.”
Marquez has already admitted that he is considering suspending his comeback.
Speaking ahead of round six, the Italian Grand Prix, the 28-year-old revealed he spoke to medics about the possibility but was told riding a MotoGP motorcycle would be the best thing. for him.
Since then he has won the German Grand Prix, where the counterclockwise route lessened the impact of his physical problems, and is now the Honda leader in the championship despite missing the first two. sleeves of the season.
The performance led Puig, himself a former rider, to praise Marquez for the way he rode with only “an arm and a half”.
“I think for a while some people have forgotten who Marc Marquez is,” he said in a video posted to the official MotoGP website during the recent summer break.
“I’m not a guy who reads a lot – these newspapers and this news, I’m not so interested in it – [but] From what I hear from our press officer, there have been some strange comments in the past regarding his return, his possibilities …
“I don’t know if people really understand what a level of driver he is.
“Marc’s comeback is more difficult than expected, because of the injury and what happened, and what he’s doing right now with his situation, it’s really amazing.
“Because it rolls, I’m not saying with an arm, but let’s say with an arm and a half.
“He’s clearly not 100 percent in good shape, so I think only one guy can do that, and that’s him.”
Marquez is now 11th in the championship ahead of the 12th round at Silverstone, where practice begins on Friday evening (AEST).