Marc Márquez surgery successful; targets Brno for MotoGP return

Marc Marquez lifts his front wheel during the 2020 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix

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An operation on Marc Márquez’s fractured arm has been completed successfully, allowing the eight-time champion to target a return to the track for the third MotoGP round of the season in Brno.

Honda announced that the surgery, which involved fixing a titanium plate to the rider’s right humerus, is complete and that there was no damage to his radial nerve, which controls wrist and finger movement.

Ahead of the operation, MotoGP’s traumatology specialist, Dr Xavier Mir, who is treating Márquez, said that the rider could be back in action in time for the Czech race on 9 August if there was no nerve damage.

“We have to fix this fracture, so that the bone can heal, and we can start rehabilitation as soon as possible,” Mir told Catalunya Radio.

“Our goal, in principle, would be to see if he can be in a position to be in Brno, but that cannot be assured either. Jerez is totally ruled out. This injury is a major injury, I think it is ruled out.”

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Honda said that Márquez would remain in hospital for up to 48 hours and was aiming to return to defend his championship title “as soon as possible”.

After a thrilling comeback ride from 16th to third, after recovering from a slide,  Márquez was flung from his bike by a highside with four laps to go in the Spanish Grand Prix.

As he slid through the gravel, his right arm was hit by the front tyre of his Honda, which is thought to have caused the fracture to his humerus.

Dr Mir said that he aimed to fix the fracture so that it would be able to withstand the force of a MotoGP race.