Marc Marquez

MotoGP: Timeline of Marco Marquez’s two years of suffering

Honda rider Marc Marquez has spent the last two years of his life in the operating room and wonders if he will ever be able to race at the same level again. Now, after his latest surgery, he’s starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, even if the road has been rough.

Mark Marquez continues with the recovery of the right hand. Suffering a serious injury on July 19, 2020 during the Jerez Grand Prix, the eight-time champion has been on a tightrope for two years with a one-step-forward, two-back rhythm at each stage of his recovery.

Surname Mark may well be accompanied by the word “sustainability” for the road, and the one that remains until his arm is fully recovered has been and remains difficult. With endless ups and downs, from the occult to doubting whether the pilot Honda could run again. During those two years, Mark himself doubted the appropriateness of his choice, forcing a situation that perhaps had no solution. But luckily, even after his latest operation, it seems that the road is starting to open up for the man from Cervera. However, Thomas Marcelino recalled to the exact chronology of the dangers faced by the Spanish champion.

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Marc Marquez: The Infinite Recovery Chart

Just two days after the fall, Mark underwent surgery for a fractured right humerus. In 48 hours he travels to Jerez to compete in the Andalusian Grand Prix. On July 25, he got back on the bike, this time during the third free practice of the Andalusian Grand Prix. The next day, after completing six laps in Free Practice 4, Mark and his team decided that this comeback attempt was best abandoned and the recovery should be slower.

Not even a week and a half passed, on August 3, the team HRC Honda confirms this Mark underwent a second operation because the titanium plate placed on his arm was too much loaded. Recovery should be longer and calmer. For the man from Cervera, the 2020 World Cup should have ended there.

In December, on the eve of the beginning of 2021. Mark Marquez undergoes surgery again, the third. After eight hours in the operating room, the Catalan driver had a titanium plate replaced and, in addition, a humerus bone transplant. A few days later, an infection is detected in the fracture, which is why he had to spend a little more time in the hospital.

In April 2021, Mark confirmed his presence at the Algarve Grand Prix in Portimao. A physically demanding circuit, but he had a great weekend on it, qualifying sixth and finishing the race without incident in seventh. Already in June and after coming close to winning Le Mans, Marquez returns to the top of his garden: the Sachsenring. Things seemed to be slowly falling back into place and Mark was regaining his confidence on the bike. Unfortunately, despite three race wins in 2021, Marc is forced to sit out the season due to a new episode of double vision, an injury that was first caused at Sepang 2011.

Already this year, the Honda rider started normally in the world championship, although the accident in Indonesia reawakened his problems with double vision. After missing two races, he appears ready to return. However, shortly after, he released a statement announcing that he would undergo surgery again to stabilize his injured arm. The operation was performed on June 3 and was completely successful. To this day, and after four surgeries and episodes of double vision, Mark remains confident and strong to continue his recovery and be able to find patterns as soon as possible.

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