Marc Marquez has fractured his upper right arm in a highside during the Jerez race. The Repsol Honda rider was flicked off his bike during an epic comeback charge through the field after an earlier mistake in the race. He fell badly, and examinations in hospital at Jerez found a fractured humerus.
The Spaniard is to have an operation to fix the bone in Barcelona on Tuesday. However, it seems unlikely that he will be fit for the next race on Sunday 26th July, with the potential of losing 50 points in the championship. How soon he will return after that is also uncertain. A defense of his 2019 MotoGP title now seems almost impossible.
The official press release from Repsol Honda appears below:
Marc Marquez suffers broken right humerus in Jerez
A fall at Turn 3 while fighting for the podium has resulted in a broken right humerus for the reigning World Champion, who will travel to Barcelona for surgery.
After mounting an incredible comeback in the Spanish GP, Marc Marquez suffered a high side at Turn 3 and came down heavily on his right arm. As a result, the eight-time World Champion has suffered a transverse diaphyseal fracture to his right humerus. MotoGP medical staff have confirmed there is no other serious head or thoracic trauma but will remain under observation for 12 hours.
Marquez will travel to the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona on Monday, July 20 and is aiming to be operated on by Dr Xavier Mir and his team on Tuesday, July 21st.
Recovery time is as yet unknown, the Repsol Honda Team will provide an update after the operation.