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Marc Marquez to come back to MotoGP paddock in Austria for Honda progress update

The six-time MotoGP world champion has been out of action since he underwent a complex operation on his right arm in his bid to come back to full fitness and mobility which he lacked on his initial comeback from the badly broken arm sustained at the 2020 Spanish GP.

While Marquez has continued to intensify his recovery, he’ll make his first appearance in the MotoGP paddock since May later this month at the Red Bull Ring. The Spaniard will reconnect along with his factory Honda squad to obtain an update on the developments on the RC213V.

“Honda is in a crucial moment. I’m speaking a whole lot with my team and attempting to understand the 2022 bike, the problem and what’s happening,” Marquez said in a team release.

“That is why I will head to Austria, to talk with everyone also to meet the HRC staff from Japan to work with the future. We all have been working together, we win together, we lose together, and we’ll keep coming back together. I’m speaking a whole lot with Stefan Bradl aswell, us and Santi will work together and testing things both understand how I ride.

“I said in Mugello that I am in the home, but I wish to stay connected. With the prior operation I disconnected an excessive amount of, and I desire to be involved in order that when I keep coming back, I’ll have everything fresh.”

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Honda Racing

Marquez also provided an update on his injury recovery, 10 weeks on from his fourth surgery altogether on his right arm, a three-hour operation completed at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

“Step-by-step I’m feeling better, and the bone is healing in a great way, which is the very best news of most,” he said. “We have been still in rehabilitation mode; I’m working very difficult on the cardio side to prepare yourself.

“By the end of August, I’ve another medical check, from there we are able to make another step with the rehabilitation and really start pushing and building muscles. Some days are much better than others, but that is all area of the journey.

“I’m optimistic, but I don’t desire to say an excessive amount of about timings until we’ve this check it isn’t enough time to push an excessive amount of. I’ve waited quite a long time for most of these feelings.”

The 29-year-old in addition has delved into his personal “struggle” with the injury and contains admitted he realised at the Spanish GP in-may that “something had to improve” along with his mobility and strength in his arm despite finishing the Jerez race in fourth place.

“It’s been a struggle, it isn’t two days or 8 weeks I have already been struggling, it’s 2 yrs,” he explained. “I won some races this past year such as this, but I was struggling a whole lot.

“In Jerez I realised something had to improve. It had been hard and is hard now mentally not because I’m not racing, but as you will have this doubt concerning the arm. I cannot have another operation. I’m convinced that one will undoubtedly be good, but these thoughts are always there in the rear of your brain.”

No timetable has been given for Marquez’s latest injury comeback, nonetheless it is expected he’ll try to go back to action with time for the post-season tests to be able to concentrate on Honda developments prior to the 2023 season.

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