Marc Márquez during surgery – Stefan Bradl in Montmeló / MotoGP

After Marc Marquez’s disappointing performance, Honda has decided to agree to the superstar undergoing another operation. Stefan Bradl replaces Marc at the Catalunya GP.

Honda Racing Corporation confirmed on Saturday afternoon, following the MotoGP qualification at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello,’s announcement that Marc Márquez will undergo further surgery on his right shoulder and upper arm after the Mugello GP and therefore at the three more MotoGP races in June. in Catalunya, Sachsenring and Assen and beyond.

Honda test rider Stefan Bradl will definitely replace the six-time MotoGP world champion at the Catalan Grand Prix (June 3-5). It will be the Bavarian’s third GP appearance this year – after Termas de Río Hondo (replacing Marquez at Repsol-Honda) and Jerez, where he competed with a wildcard from the HRC Test Team and crashed twice in the race.

Marc Márquez, today in Mugello in FP3 only in a 21st place and in qualification 2 crashed already in the first round, his motorcycle caught fire, was already in the first week of December 2020 in the “Hospital Ruber Internacional” in Madrid of a treated and run by a different team of doctors than before in Clinica Dexeus by Dr. Xavier Mir in Barcelona. At that time, it was the third upper arm operation within four and a half months after the fatal Jerez crash on July 19, 2020. This operation lasted more than eight hours.

The now confirmed fourth forearm surgery will no longer be performed 18 months later in Madrid by doctors Samuel Antuña, Ignacio Roger de Oña, Juan de Miguel, Aitor Ibarzabal and Andrea García Villanueva, but by specialists at the famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester / Minnesota in America. “I was told that the doctors for my injury are the best in the world,” said the Spaniard. “After consulting my Spanish medical team with Dr. Samuel Antuna and Dr. Angel Cotorro, we decided to carry out this operation in America. “

“I got a call from the doctors from the US at 12 yesterday after FP1 here in Mugello. They said: ‘We have checked everything again, please come here. We correct your complaint, the rotation in your shoulder is too much. ‘ I suggested back in October to get another surgery as I was out of action anyway due to the diplopia. But the doctors advised against it at the time because the bone was still too soft. Now, 18 months after the last operation, the bone has healed well. “

Márqiez: “I talked to the doctors in America after the Jerez GP. One of them came to Europe in October to examine me. Since I can not ride as I want at the moment, I am doing this operation and the break now after the Mugello GP. However, this is not the ideal time. But I do not feel comfortable on the bike. I can not drive as I am used to from the past. I can not get in the usual position on the bike and I put too much weight on my healthy left shoulder. All of this can lead to further damage. I won three races last year. That’s why Honda has said yes to us now interrupting the season. The recovery time will be long. I can not say at all when I can return to the racetrack. “

MotoGP Mugello Q2 results:

1. In Giannantonio, Ducati, 1: 46.156 min
2. Bezzecchi, Ducati, + 0.088s
Marini, Ducati, +0.171
4. Zarco, Ducati, +0.227
5. Bagnaia, Ducati, +0.315
6. Quartararo, Yamaha, +0.350
7. A. Espargaró, Aprilia, +0.351
8. Nakagami, Honda, +0.405
9. P. Espargaró, Honda, +0.511
10. Bastianini, Ducati, +0.523
11. Martin *, Ducati, +1.067
12. M. Marquez, Honda, +1.312

The rest of the starting lineup:
12. Miller, Ducati, 1: 47,621 min
13. Pirro, Ducati, 1: 48,209
14. Martin *, Ducati
15. Oliveira, KTM, 1: 48231
16. B. Binder, KTM, 1: 48,255
17. Mir, Suzuki, 1: 48,732
18. A. Marquez, Honda, 1: 48,846
19. Gardner, KTM, 1: 48,907
20. D. Binder, Yamaha, 1: 49.471
21. Rins, Suzuki, 1: 50.266
22. Savadori, Aprilia, 1: 50,270
23. Morbidelli, Yamaha, 1: 55.369
24. Viñales, Aprilia, 1: 56.479
25. Fernandez, KTM, 1: 57.106
26. Dovizioso, Yamaha, 1: 57.671

* = lattice penalty (3 places backwards)

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