MotoGP defending champ Marc Marquez broke the titanium plate in his fractured arm while “opening a window”, according to Repsol Honda team manager Alberto Puig.
It was initially believed that Marquez damaged the plate in his arm during his comeback attempt in round two, however, Puig told media that it was simply a “domestic accident”.
“It was a domestic accident this time because he was trying to open a window and he suddenly felt a lot of pain,” said Puig.
“Later we could check that the plate was broken.
“If we had this info probably, he would not have gone to Jerez or Honda would not have given him the chance to ride.”
Marquez underwent surgery two days after he fractured his humerus in round one, and attempted to compete the following weekend.
Puig defended the decision for Marquez to get back on his motorcycle so quickly after his round one accident that caused the initial fracture of his humerus.
“Racing is a dangerous sport, but this thing didn’t happen in Jerez. It happened in his house.
“But it’s true that when you have surgery and you stress some of the injured parts, clearly it’s more stressful than doing nothing. But a professional sportsman is paid to perform and that’s what he tried.
“The positive point is that it happened in his house and not at Brno on Austria on the bike, which could have had massive consequences if he had another crash.
“From now on we will have to keep checking the development of his fracture and only time will tell when he can return.”
Marquez’ second round of surgery has forced him to withdraw from this weekend’s race at Brno, as his return to racing in the coming rounds hangs in the balance.
If Quartararo wins this weekend, he will lead Marquez by 75 points. If this happens, Marquez would need to secure an average seven-point lead, per-race, throughout the rest of the season.
“Mathematically it’s more difficult [for Marc Marquez] but it’s like this,” said Puig.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. In Marc’s case normally he wins. Now that will be more difficult…”
Marquez out, Bradl in
With Marc Marquez officially withdrawn from round three at Brno, Honda test rider Stefan Bradl will instead take his place on the RC213V racebike.
“First of all I want to wish Marc a speedy recovery, what he did in Jerez was incredible and he showed that he has the true spirit of a champion,” Bradl said.
“I am looking forward to riding the Honda RC213V again, due to the global pandemic we have not been able to test as we would normally so it will take some time to adjust to the bike and MotoGP again but I have ridden the superbike a few times so I know my fitness is good.
“It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to, competing with the Repsol Honda Team is always a great honour and I am pleased to help Honda. Let’s see how the weekend goes.”
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