Fogarty underwent surgery on the arm and later tried to ride again during a test at Mugello.
“I could not find the words to describe how bad it was when I came in after a few laps,” said Fogarty. “I was one per cent of the guy I was seven months ago. I couldn’t even get down behind the bubble, change direction or hang off the bike in the corners.”
Márquez has been in a similar situation since returning to racing in April 2021, since when he’s managed to win three races.
“Riding like I am at the moment I cannot continue,” he added on Sunday. “If the operation is a good success, then we will see how I can ride a bike. This will be the last chance to improve my physical condition.”
“So, having the operation is the correct decision for my future. It’s not like I’ll have the operation and I’ll win again. No. The target of the operation is try to enjoy riding and racing again and have a normal athlete’s life: training and forgetting the painkillers and all these things. This is the target of the operation.”
It’s been almost two years since Márquez broke his right arm at Jerez’s Turn 3, when he was high-sided from his Repsol Honda RC213V and the front wheel hit him in the gravel trap.
Two operations followed, the first to insert a plate and pins, the second to replace those with a new plate and pins and the third to insert a bone graft from his pelvis, because an infection had caused a malunion at the fracture site.
Despite all this work Márquez’s arm still isn’t right, so he can’t sit on his motorcycle in his usual way, so he cannot ride with his usual spectacular style and he doesn’t have the strength to use his arm to save front-end slides in right-handers, which was one of his signature skills.
Inevitably the 29-year-old Spaniard is worried about the operation – because surgeries don’t always have the desired outcome – but Dr Sotelo told him there is no alternative if he wants to keep racing.
“Always you are worried, because a fourth operation on the same arm isn’t easy,” he said. “But when they called me on Friday, gave me the results [of their 3D bone scans, MR imaging and so on] and told me all the information, I breathed.