Now imagine that same situation, but this time you’re astride a 160 kilo motorcycle travelling at somewhere between 50mph and 100mph, leaning at 50 or 60 degrees of lean, when gravity decides to have its wicked way with you. How do you stop that happening? The answer is that you don’t.
Márquez has been working flat out on the shoulder since the surgery, trying to regain full strength before the season starts.
“Since early December I’ve had a double session of physio every day,” he added. “I cancelled my holidays to be ready for the first race in Qatar. In these ten weeks I’ve done 92 sessions with my Clinica Mobile physio, a total of 250 hours of physio, gym work, icing, all these things. If you want to be ready you must be focused.
“First we tried to regain mobility in the shoulder, then step by step we tried to regain the power of the muscles, but immediately we saw that one of the most important muscles [the deltoid] had some damaged nerves, so we worked more on that.
“Then, two weeks ago, we saw this muscle still wasn’t good enough, so then we tried to work very hard on the other muscles to try to compensate.
“Two weeks ago it was impossible for me to ride the bike, but finally the muscle began to activate and that’s the reason I’m here. We need to be patient and to keep working hard.”
Márquez is philosophical about having spent his last two winters in rehab when he should’ve been sat on beach enjoying his successes.