Marc Marquez Rules Out A Return in 2020

Marc Marquez has finally confirmed what had long been known. The Repsol Honda rider announced via social media - and the Repsol Honda team confirmed it in a press release - that he will not make a return to racing in 2020. He is focused on his recovery, and will attempt to be fit for the start of the 2021 season.

The problem for the Spaniard has been the rate at which his arm is recovering from injury. The humerus, the bone in his upper right arm, which he broke at Jerez, is taking a very long time to grow back and heal sufficiently for him to race. Repeated scans of his arm have shown the slow rate of his recovery, and consequently, after consulting with multiple medical experts, Marquez has decided to skip the last two races in the hope of giving himself more time to recover.

What this means for next year is still far from clear. The expectation for Marquez is that he will be fully fit by the time the 2021 season kicks off, provisionally at Qatar on March 28th. But as of right now, there are no guarantees, and his rehabilitation program has to continue.

There were credible reports in Spanish media of Marquez requiring additional surgery to fix his arm, but so far, there is no sign of that happening. Marquez continues his recovery, and continues to post pictures of him training on social media.

Below is Marquez' post on Twitter, announcing he would not be back:

 

The Repsol Honda press release appears below:


Repsol Honda Team prepare for penultimate race, Marc Marquez to return in 2021

The European GP showed the great potential Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl have built to over the season, the pair aiming to deliver as the 2020 season begins to wrap up.

As his recovery continues, Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team confirm he will not participate in the remainder of the 2020 MotoGP season and aims to return to racing in 2021. Working through his recovery programme and tracking the progress of his arm, Marc Marquez in conjunction with Honda, his team and multiple expert doctors, has elected to officially delay his return to action until 2021.

Last week, Alex Marquez was the unfortunate victim of a second DNF in two races, the MotoGP rookie tumbling while fighting for the top ten. Before the fall, and throughout the weekend as a whole, Alex demonstrated consistently strong pace abroad the Honda RC213V as his impressive growth in the premier class continues. With two wet days of practice for the European GP, dry track time was at a premium and Alex is hoping for a dry weekend this time out. The objective for the second week in Valencia is to continue fighting inside the top ten.

Stefan Bradl will complete the 2020 season for the Repsol Honda Team. With back-to-back point finishes, Bradl has hit a strong vein of form and like Alex showed well during the course of the weekend, especially in the wet. Bradl will be aiming to make it three point-scoring finishes in a row, repeating his run from 2019 when he replaced the injured Jorge Lorenzo.

Alex Marquez

“Straight back to work for the second last race of the season. The two days of rain last weekend made Sunday a bit unknown, but I think we were able to handle it well before the fall. This gives me some good confidence for the weekend as I think we can work well again. Of course, everyone else will surely make a step so we need to keep working but we can challenge for our goals again. Now is the time to push and end the season in the best way possible.”

Stefan Bradl

“First of all I want to wish Marc all the best in his continued recovery and thank HRC for giving me this opportunity. We have made a lot of progress since Le Mans and I have felt my level increase with more bike time and working with the Repsol Honda Team. The week of data will help us and the forecast is looking better at the moment. It’s going to be a busy end to the year but I am looking forward to it.”

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Not going to extrapolate conjecture re his shoulder. Glad he is taking good care of himself this time, especially with so little to gain. The Marc will come back strong and more measured, losing nothing, and hitting the front his first or second session. Is he and the Honda done crashing? No. Saves? No. Will he be more measured and tempered? For sure yes. Should this worry his competitors? Clearly.

if there's nerve/ligament/tissue damage in this very delicate area and this is the very serious question regarding his long term fitness. I'm sure we will all be comforted by Snr Puig and his crystal clear assessment in the not too distant future...

"I'm sure we will all be comforted by Snr Puig and his crystal clear assessment in the not too distant future"

Thanks for my laugh of the day.

He has his moments... anyone else laugh out loud at his interview in one of the FP sessions at Valencia where he said in response to one of Crafar's probing questions "a motivated rider on a shit bike can do a lot of damage"?

I have vaguely picked up that both he and Lin Jarvis are actually great guys to talk to outside of work, but they both come across as total tools on tv in the context of their (difficult) jobs.

While other teams give much better interviews (especially Brivio, Poncharal, and Cecchinello), listening to Simon pester Puig is possibly my favorite. It comes across as so adversarial, yet Puig keeps giving the interviews. I think he must secretly love it, and I'm all the happier for it.

We'll find out that they deliberated and finally decided to wrap his humerus in a carbon sleeve, and the requirements necessary for such a procedure demanded an extended recovery time to make sure the bone and surrounding tissue accepted the material. It was an experimental procedure, but Honda coordinated with Toyota and their carbon weaving loom to specifically craft the form exacting to 3D scans of Marc's humerus.

Marc would be quoted saying, "For sure, it was a risk, but anyway my time with Honda was long and I knew that we could be competitive for the championship for many years, so I say OK, let us do this and be 100%."

Believe it or not something along those lines has been in use for about 60 years. A material called Tantalum is exceptionally good for osseo-integration, meaning new bone growth melds into its microstructure. It's known as trabecular metal, commonly used for dental implants but also for hip replacements where there is severe osteoporosis. Relevance to Marc's case? No idea, just thought I'd share that, as ever, there's stuff out there already that we think is for tomorrow's world.

Cos I worked in a Tantalum mine and it was treated like a heavy metal, with all the de con and shift patterns associated. Basically I was poisoning myself working there. 

I don't know that much about it, just sorted out the funding for a very enthusiastic orthopod to use it on hips where the bone looked like a worn out dishcloth. The results were amazing. A quick google says it's supposed to be one of the better materials to have implanted, but all that kind of stuff is way outside my area of expertise, other than knowing that there are problems with metal on metal implants that emerged a few years back. Which probably does have some relevance to riders held together by titanium scaffolding.

and as sure as Andrea Iannone's pout is as devastating at 100 yards as Ru Paul's, they're gonna get their money back somehow..

next to mir, pol esperago must be the happiest rider in the paddock. the forced temporary retirement of marc has caused honda to work miracles on its previously "untamable" bike.

ain't no way that's the same chassis marc left behind that i saw undercutting everybody at the last turn at aragon.

great work alex, but...

somethings changed.

your welcome pol. love, marc