Marc Marquez has had surgery on his right shoulder, to fix the problems he picked up in crashes earlier this year. The reigning MotoGP champion crashed on his right shoulder a couple of times this season, most notably at Sepang, when he tried following Fabio Quartararo during qualifying, and got caught out on a cold rear tire. A further big crash at the Jerez test on Monday prompted the plans for surgery to be brought forward.
The operation is similar to the one he had in December 2018, on his left shoulder. That shoulder was in a much worse state than the right one, but after developing an issue in the right shoulder as well, Marquez and his team decided to take preventative action to avoid the shoulder getting worse.
Marquez now embarks on a long and intensive period of recovery. In 2018 and 2019, he was spending 5 hours a day doing physiotherapy to get in shape for the test in Sepang. Even then, Honda restricted his time on track to avoid stressing the shoulder. This year, he has an extra two weeks to prepare, meaning he should be in a little better shape by the time the test starts.
The press release on Marquez' surgery appears below:
Marquez undergoes successful surgery on right shoulder
With his most successful premier class season to date finished, eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez elected to undergo surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus-Quiron today, November 27. The operation was performed by Dr. Xavier Mir, Dr. Victor Marlet and Dr. Teresa Marlet, all part of ICATME (the Catalan Institute of Traumatology and Sports Medicine).
After experiencing some discomfort with his right shoulder, and after his Monday crash at the Jerez Test, the Repsol Honda Team rider elected to have the operation as a preventative measure after medical consultation. The operation is similar to the one performed on his left shoulder at the end of 2018 but less aggressive in nature.
Marquez will be discharged within the next 48 hours. He will then begin his recovery and winter training in preparation for the Sepang Test at home in Cervera.