Marquez, Crutchlow, Rins All Passed Fit To Race - UPDATED

The Jerez medical center has been a busy place for the past hour, with riders coming and going for their medical assessments. Cal Crutchlow, Marc Marquez, and Alex Rins all had to pass a fitness test before being given the all clear to test. All three have been declared fit, and will attempt to ride tomorrow, to assess their fitness on the bike.

Cal Crutchlow fractured his left scaphoid in a crash during Sunday warm up at Jerez last week, and had the scaphoid pinned in place. Although the pinned scaphoid will be painful, he should not have too many problems riding, especially as the injury is to his left hand, rather than his right. Jerez is a clockwise circuit with a lot of right hand corners, and all the hard braking at the circuit is done on the right.

Alex Rins had dislocated his right shoulder and cracked his humerus in a heavy fall at Turn 11 during qualifying. Rins did not need surgery, and has been undergoing intensive therapy to be ready for Jerez. The Suzuki Ecstar rider did sustain some ligament damage, and that will determine how capable his of riding.

Marc Marquez suffered a dislocated fracture of the humerus in his right upper arm, when he crashed during the race and had the front wheel of his Repsol Honda RC213V hit his arm as he and his bike entered the gravel on the exit of Turn 3. At first, doctors feared he had suffered nerve damage, but that proved not to be the case. Marquez had surgery to put the bone back into place and to insert a titanium plate to fix the bone on Tuesday, and decided on Wednesday night to try to ride.

Though the doctors passed him medically fit to race - a judgment that he has enough strength in the arm to control the bike sufficiently that he is not a danger to his fellow competitors - actually riding at the track will be tough. Jerez asks a lot of the right side of a rider's body, and will place a lot of stress on Marquez' injured right arm.

The proof of the pudding will be in the eating, as Rins, Crutchlow, and Marquez all get on their bikes on Friday morning for FP1.

UPDATE

Marc Marquez will sit out all of Friday, and will only ride on Saturday to assess his fitness. Repsol Honda team manager Alberto Puig gave a statement to the media, saying the following:

"Nobody expected to see him here. I mean when the accident happened we were very worried and of course he had to go to Barcelona for surgery. Surgery went, frankly speaking, spectacularly well. We didn't expect - I mean, we know the doctor is good but it was a fantastic job. And after surgery the rider started to feel very well. He started to contact us, saying 'I'm not so bad. I feel well. I'm not having so much pain. I can move the arm'. The nerve situation, as the doctor informed, was okay."

"So originally clearly the Honda position was to cancel this race and to try in Brno. But after what we saw of Marc's wish, after what the doctors said today, declaring him fit, I mean we came to a let's say understanding position that he will try on Saturday and depending on how he's feeling he will try to race or not. But we asked him to check on Saturday first and really understand if he is really capable of doing the distance or not. In case it's too risky, Marc already understood that our idea will be to cancel the race. But from last Sunday to today, things have been going so fast and so quickly that frankly speaking we are very surprised."

Explain the decision to way until Saturday?

"Yes, if it was a new track it would be more difficult. But we have been here for five days so the setup of the bike we know, he knows exactly how to ride the bike on this track. So it's no meaning to try Friday and to give more stress to the injury. So he will try Saturday and after that we will see. But it was very important for Honda and for the Repsol Honda team to also respect the rider's wish. So we get this compromise and then we will see the result on Saturday."

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If his right shoulder is unstable, due to ligament damage, Rins may have a very tough time this weekend. The pain can be excruciating.

It hurts to high heaven. I had to use my good arm to put my other hand on the bars, but once I was there everything was fine. Red mist is a great anesthetic, right until you have to get off the bike then it hurts to bugger all again.

Had to ride 7 miles out on a mountain bike trail with a 3rd degree ac separation. Everything becomes kinda automatic and impersonal. Until the end of the trail and regular life takes over. Painful...

did NOT expect that. 

These guys are all aliens, some just have a smidge more talent than others. I'm sorry to say, but if my humerus is snapped I'm probably off the bike for 10-12 weeks, I'm guessing. I'm not sure but I know for good and certain it would not be 4 days. If that makes me a wimp, I'm a wimp. Best of luck to all of them, they are otherworldly

... many comparisons with Lorenzo's incredible race with a broken collarbone in 2013. Could it actually be that was more painful? Since the collarbone is in such a complicated and also sensitive location of the body. Not saying this won't be excruciatingly painful for Marquez...

I'm staggered by these guys, amazing. I worry about them though....

Honestly I think Moto GP needs a new medical team. Less than a week after surgery that required metal plates to be bolted directly onto bones, three young men are going to back on track racing at 200mph, presumably with the aid of pain killers. One of them is going to end this race or the next more seriously injured than they were last week.

Nobody can fault their toughness and bravery, or the skill of Dr Mir and his team, but there comes a point where it's no more than tempting fate.

I tend to agree, in that this just seems a bit over the top. Again like others, yeah it's very admirable, but to avoid a career ending injury....only to risk the same or even worse in less than a week. If for whatever reason MM gets taken out, goes down, that arm could be absolutely toast, and the nerve to go with it. I seriously think the medical team should be a little bit more proactive at protecting the riders. And I can only imagine if the worse happens, there will be heaps of people wondering why they were allowed to race and blaming the medical staff.

 

It leaves me to wonder at what point someone is unfit to race. And also in terms of being a danger to others on track. I remember Colin Edwards saying something about being pumped full of painkillers and hardly knowing where he was on track. 

It comes down to the rules of racing and which is more important - medical guidance or personal ambition. Had Marc crashed on a friday and suffered a blackout he wouldnt have been able to race. There dont seem to be any rules to stop a determined and injured rider racing at the next round. I think there needs to be a minimum recovery timeframe. If not this couild turn rather nasty for the individual concerned and equally another rider.

A corner man in boxing throws the towel in to protect a boxer from himself. I think these guys could do with the same

It would be gut wrenching if we see an (avoidable) career ending injury this weekend.

I agree with everyone. Beyond incredible to see these guys turning up to the track, and in mnay ways admirable. But still you have to worry about the inherent (lack of?) wisdom in doing so soon. I can't imagine that more riders won't fall this weekend especially if that brutal heat returns. Looks like we will have even more tension in the narrative this weekend.

 

Agree with everyone feeling very very bad about this. I don't think any one of the three should be riding this weekend! Crutchlow at an absolute stretch, but Rins and Marquez? Madness. After barely avoiding probable career ending nerve damage (Marquez), and nearly taking out another rider during a major crash (Rins/Miller?)... cmon guys! Take a damn week off!