Honda confirms Marc Márquez fully fit for MotoGP 2022 pre-season testing

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Honda says Marc Márquez is now fully fit having recovered from his double vision injury from 2021

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Márquez will be fit enough to ride at MotoGP's first pre-season test at Sepang

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Marc Márquez will be riding his Honda RC213V at the first 2022 MotoGP test of the season at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, the team has confirmed.

The Spaniard has been medically cleared to make his return to racing after completing several private tests in his recovery from his double vision diplopia injury.

His first test was on a motorcross bike before switching to Honda’s RC213V-S and CBR600RR bikes in track tests at Portimao and Aragon respectively in the past month.

Following the Aragon session, he underwent further evaluation that confirmed his treatment had been a success and that he was fully set for a return to riding a MotoGP bike in competition.

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“Marc Márquez has been cleared to make his on-track return with the new Honda RC213V and the Repsol Honda Team at the Sepang Test on February 05, 2022,” a team statement said.

“Throughout the winter Márquez has had continual medical checks and consultations to monitor his diplopia. In recent weeks the improvements in his condition saw his medical team deem his recovery sufficient to return to training on two wheels.

“Last Monday, January 24, Márquez underwent another medical check which reconfirmed that the treatment has been a complete success and the eight-time World Champion is in a suitable condition to ride a MotoGP bike.

“Therefore, it has been decided that Marquez will start his 2022 campaign at the first official MotoGP Test in Sepang before heading to Mandalika, Indonesia the following week. This will be Márquez’s first time back on a MotoGP machine since winning the 2021 Emilia Romagna GP ahead of Pol Espargaró.

“The Repsol Honda Team will head to the first test of the new season at full strength with Márquez alongside Pol Espargaró, who enters his second year with the team.”

Márquez missed the final two races of the 2021 season as a result of his crash at Portimao.

His diplopia double vision issue occurred during a training accident in the build up to last season’s Portuguese GP, the penultimate round of 2021.