After a long wait, the news as to whether or not Marc Marquez will be there for the first race in Qatar has arrived: the Spaniard will not compete. Team Repsol Honda has confirmed this in a press release. Although Marquez’s arm has drastically improved, it is not yet strong enough to cope with a full weekend of racing.

 The doctors’ response

The press note reads: “Marc Marquez, together with his medical team from the Hospital Ruber Internacional, have considered it prudent not to re-join competition this weekend in Qatar. In the review carried out on the Spanish rider by the medical team led by Doctors Samuel Antuña and Ignacio Roger de Oña, and made up of Doctors De Miguel, Ibarzabal and García Villanueva, 15 weeks after surgery for an infected pseudoarthrosis of the right humerus, a good clinical response has been found after the intensification of his training”.

“However, considering the time period and the current state of the bone consolidation process, doctors consider it prudent and necessary not to accelerate Marquez’s return to the track after such an inactive time, and to avoid putting the humerus at risk in intense competition. Marquez will undergo another medical check on Monday, April 12”. This means that #93 will not be on track for the first or second rounds, both taking place in Qatar.

 “I would have loved to be there but...”

The rider himself commented: “After the last review with the medical team, the doctors have advised me that the most prudent thing was not to take part in the Qatar Grand Prix and to continue with the recovery plan that we have followed in recent weeks. I would have loved to be able to participate in the opening race of the World Championship, but we will have to continue working to be able to recover the optimal conditions that allow us to return to competition.”

The eight-time champion added: “I’m not taking any risks this time and will only return when the doctors give me the OK”.

Translated by Heather Watson

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