Marc Marquez announces his return to MotoGP at COTA | MotoGP

After missing the Mandalika race due to a concussion sustained during a massive warm-up, his fourth crash of a harrowing Indonesian weekend, Marquez was later diagnosed with another bout of diplopia, forcing him to miss Argentinian weekend.

The double vision issue had previously kept Marquez off any type of motorcycle for nearly three months, from last October to mid-January.

Fortunately, the nerve damage to his right eye was less severe on this occasion and, having confirmed no vision problems during a track test in a CBR600RR at Alcarras on Tuesday, Marquez will now return to action for Repsol Honda on one of its most successful circuits. .

The decision was made after “consultation and authorization from his medical team”.

“Of course, I’m very happy to be back, it’s a great feeling to come back and especially to do it on one of my favorite circuits. Regardless of the situation, I really love riding in Texas and I have amazing memories there,” Marquez said.

“We have work to do after missing two races and the whole Argentinian weekend, so I’m not here to set a target at the moment. There are a lot of things to do and consider, but the important is that we are back on the bike this weekend.”

Marquez has won all but one race (dropping the lead in 2019) held in Texas since COTA’s debut on the MotoGP calendar in 2013.

Due to bumps, the circuit has been partially redone since Marquez’s victory in last October’s event.

A string of three different winners and nine podiums in the opening three rounds means Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro currently leads the world championship standings with just 45 points (out of a possible 75). By comparison, eventual champion Fabio Quartararo scored 61 runs after three sets last season.

Marquez currently has 11 points for a fifth-place finish in the season opener in Qatar.

Injuries have prevented Marquez from completing a full MotoGP season since winning his sixth premier class crown in 2019, with long complications from a broken arm at Jerez 2020 followed by diplopia at the end of 2021 (following an accident enduro training) and then the Mandalika accident. .

Marquez first suffered from diplopia following an accident at Sepang in 2011, which cost him the chance to fight Stefan Bradl for the Moto2 title in the Valencia final. Bradl, now an HRC test rider, replaced Marquez in Argentina.

His team-mate Pol Espargaro is currently the best Honda rider in the world championship, holding tenth place (20 points) and having claimed the new RC213V’s only podium to date with third at Lusail.

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