Marc Marquez Gives Worrying Injury Update Ahead Of French Grand Prix
Talking to Spanish TV, Marc Marquez has revealed that a comeback to MotoGP racing at the French Grand Prix is still in the air.
Marc Marquez has only completed one race since the start of the 2023 MotoGP season. In the feature race at the Portuguese Grand Prix in Portimao, the Spaniard crashed and took Miguel Oliveira with him, fracturing the first metacarpal of his right hand.
Having been forced to sit out three races since then, Marquez is eager to return and gave an update at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Although he was expected to return in Jerez, the Spaniard revealed that the healing process of his right hand still needed time.
Now, a week later, Marquez gave another rather concerning update on Spanish TV. Despite the further healing time since the Spanish Grand Prix, it is still not clear whether the 6-time World Champion will be able to compete again at Le Mans.
“On Tuesday I have a CT scan and let’s see if everything goes well and I can rejoin the championship [at Le Mans].”
Although his participation is still a bit in the air, he still has hope for an entry. If Marquez also misses the French Grand Prix, the Spaniard will have another month off. The MotoGP field will then return to the world stage on 9 June in Misano.
Still no clarity about the Portimao penalty
Since his injury in Portimao, there has been discussion about a possible long-lap penalty for the Spaniard. The race stewards had fined Marquez for causing the accident, which resulted in an injury for Miguel Oliveira and the withdrawal from the Argentine Grand Prix.
While handing out a penalty is actually a standard procedure, the commissioners caused a stir in Marquez’s case. After poorly wording the penalty, they rewrote the penalty, creating an opportunity for Honda to appeal the penalty.
A final decision will be made by the MotoGP Court of Appeal, however, that is still pending.