MotoGP Mugello: Puig: Marquez impressive, ‘easy option’ no race, Bradl back | MotoGP

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After struggling with weakness and movement problems in his right arm, which has undergone three surgeries since his original fracture in July 2020, Marquez received the green light for further surgery on Friday at the Italian MotoGP.

“We’ve been analyzing the possibility of other surgeries for some time and finally this weekend we got the green light from doctors,” said Repsol Honda team manager Alberto Puig, who appeared with Marquez on Saturday to announce the news.

“On Friday, we knew it could be done and we decided to follow up on this action, so Marc Márquez stopped racing and traveled to the U.S. for surgery to try and finally resolve this issue.”

Puig: ‘The easy choice is not to race’

The possibility of further surgery was investigated until last October, when Marquez was forced to resign due to diplopia. But at the time, he was told that his bones were not ready and the risk was too great.

The news was that American Doctors were now not only confident that the operation could be completed, but should provide significant improvements in mobility, thus massive relief for Marquez.

The safest option would definitely be to come out of the race weekend there. However, Marquez chose to move on and was lucky to have escaped a high -injury injury on a bad Saturday on a damp track, before qualifying for the twelfth time and finishing Sunday’s race in the tenth.

“It’s amazing, what Marc did over the weekend,” Puig said. “The easy option is not to race. Knowing that if you have surgery on Thursday, you can be afraid that everything that could happen on Sunday will be a disaster. risk, you ruin yourself and then it’s all too late.

“Marc is very focused, serious about his job, he loves racing and he wants to do this GP. He did and completed the Italian GP safely. As I said on Saturday, we want to thank him for his efforts and will now be waiting for him. We also think he was grateful for Honda’s understanding during this difficult time.

The recovery time for the operation remains unclear, but Marquez warns that it will be long. During his absence, predicted to last at least a few months, Puig confirmed that HRC test driver Stefan Bradl would rejoin alongside Pol Espargaro.

“The priority now is Marc’s operation, which is done the right way,” Puig said.

“When the doctor has finished the operation, we will know more or less what time it is and when we can start hoping for Marc’s return.”

Former grand prix driver Puig added: “Obviously, this has been very complicated and the last three seasons have been very difficult, but, as I often say; life is not what you want, but whatever it is.

“This is the situation we are in right now and we have to keep moving forward [also] need to know, during this time without Marc, how we can continue to add RC213V.

“We’re going to replace him with test driver Stefan Bradl because this is the only possibility. A MotoGP bike is a complicated machine, and you can’t put any rider here, you have to have someone with experience.

“Of course, the development and evolution of our new bikes could be affected by this … if you have a rider like Marc out and not riding the machine for a long time, this clearly affects the approach of the engineers. This is not an apology, and we will do our best!” “

Honda only took one podium this season, by teammate Marquez Pol Espargaro in the Qatar opener. Takaaki Nakagami of LCR finished as the top Honda driver in Mugello, in eighth place and just seconds ahead of #93.