Marc Marquez has been forced to pull out of next week's Moto2 test at Valencia with continuing vision problems. The vision problems were a result of his crash during practice at Sepang, caused when marshalls failed to display a flag while there was water on the track. The Spaniard underwent an operation to correct a partial paralysis of the superior oblique muscle in his right eye on January 16th, and had originally planned to return to the track at Valencia, for the Moto2 test scheduled for February 8th-10th.
But Marquez' recovery is not going as fast as the Spaniard and his team had hoped, and the decision to skip the test was made by Marquez' manager Emilio Alzamora, in consultation with Dr Sanchez Dalmau, the surgeon who carried out the operation on Marquez. They felt it was better to wait for Marquez' vision to return to 100% before risking riding a racing motorcycle.
Missing the first test is a worry for Marquez. Though the success rate of surgery to correct his double vision is high, getting it good enough to be able to race at Grand Prix level is a more challenging prospect. The fact that the team have not named a date when Marquez is expected to make his return suggests that his recuperation is not proceeding as quickly as the team and the Spaniard had hoped. Though there is still plenty of time before the season kicks off at Qatar, the delays are a frustration for one of the series' brightest rising stars.
Below are the English and Spanish press releases issued about the decision:
Marc Márquez postpones 2012 debut
Repsol rider recovering well from recent surgery on right eye but will not take part in next week's test in Valencia
Runner-up in last year's Moto2 World Championship, Marc Márquez has postponed his first ride of 2012 until a later date. He had originally been scheduled to take part in the 8th-10th February test at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, but has elected to sit out the visit to Valencia in order to continue his recovery from eye surgery.
The Repsol rider's condition continues to improve after the operation at the Instituto Oftalmológico eye surgery department of Barcelona's Hospital Clínic this past January, carried out in order to correct the double vision problem from which he had been suffering since his crash in practice for the October 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Márquez is expected to be back on track in the near future, but has erred on the side of caution in skipping the Valencia test.
Marc Márquez pospone su debut en 2012
El piloto CatalunyaCaixa Repsol sigue recuperándose favorablemente de la intervención
Marc Márquez deberá posponer su estreno en 2012, planificado para la semana que viene en el Circuito Ricardo Tormo de Cheste, durante los días 8, 9 y 10 de febrero. Serán los primeros entrenamientos de pretemporada en la categoría de Moto2. El piloto CatalunyaCaixa Repsol sigue recuperándose de la intervención que se le practicó el pasado 16 de enero en el Instituto Oftalmológico del Hospital Clínico de Barcelona.
El Doctor Bernardo Sánchez Dalmau intervino al piloto CatalunyaCaixa Repsol de sus problemas de visión en el ojo derecho, provocados por la caída en los entrenamientos libres del Gran Premio de Malasia el pasado 21 de octubre. A lo largo de estas tres semanas, Márquez ha evolucionado de forma muy positiva, pero el Dr. Sánchez Dalmau y el Director del equipo, Emilio Alzamora, han decidido esperar hasta que el piloto esté al cien por cien y pueda subirse a la moto siendo competitivo.