Marc Márquez ‘didn’t expect to race again’ in MotoGP in 2022 before surgery

After the Italian GP, ​​Marquez Leave of Absence for Fourth Major Surgery He severely fractured his right arm in 2020 and had the bone rotated 34 degrees into place after three other surgeries.

Marquez returned to his Honda MotoGP bike at last week’s two-day Misano test. return to his race this weekend in Aragon.

He admits he didn’t expect to be able to return so quickly before surgery, but his potential was seriously assessed when he finished the Misano test in good physical shape.

“I’m really happy to be back,” Marquez said in Aragon on Thursday.

“For example, at Mugello, I never thought I would be here in Aragon or race here this year.

“But from the beginning, from the surgery, things are going well. And step by step things are looking better.

“Of course, we still have a lot to do for the goals we want to achieve.

“But I’m very positive after the test in Misano.

“I felt good after the physical test. So after a few days I analyzed my arm’s recovery and understood that I could be in Aragon.”

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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Many riders have already hinted that Marquez will be racing at the front at Aragon this weekend.

The Honda rider dismissed this, stating that his podium hopes are “1%” but has not ruled out the possibility that he will be forced to withdraw midway through the next race weekend if he is not feeling well.

“So you have a 1% chance of a podium,” he said.

“It’s really, really low. One thing I can say is that I’m far from my best physical condition, especially when I’m talking about my arms and muscles all the time.

“The bones are fixed, that’s the most important thing. However, the condition of the muscles is still far from what I would like.

“My goal, my goal is to finish every weekend from now on. don’t know.”

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Marquez’s longtime crew chief Santi Hernandez says Marquez’s approach hasn’t changed since his injury, and even when he wasn’t riding at the San Marino GP he was still “thinking how to improve the bike. ” he said.

“Approach, what I felt was the same,” Hernandez told media on Thursday.

“He hasn’t changed. The only thing that has changed is how long he’s been off the bike.

“But the mentality is the same. Even when I went to the Misano race without riding it, I was thinking about how to improve the bike.

“The approach is the same even if you don’t ride it. When we tested the bike in Misano the feedback was very good.

“He didn’t forget how to ride the bike, how to give input to the engineers. For me, this is important.

“We’re talking about an eight-time world champion. He hasn’t forgotten everything.” Marc Márquez ‘didn’t expect to race again’ in MotoGP in 2022 before surgery

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