MotoGP: Marquez fractures arm – the end of his 2020 season?

Say what you want, but the MotoGP race yesterday showcased one of the greatest saves of all time, courtesy of Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. Going at 150km/h at Turn 4 of the Circuito de Jerez, no one would’ve thought that the Spaniard would be able to save himself in the gravel but what he did after that was nothing short of incredible.

Dropping from P2 all the way to P17, the five-time MotoGP world champion clawed his way back through half of the field after only a number of laps. Passing world-class MotoGP riders like they were cruising around the park, Marquez managed to catch up to Maverick Vinales who was in P3 towards the end of the race.

It was one of the most astonishing feats in MotoGP history but before Marc could even complete this miracle, the unthinkable happened. One of the worst highsides of his career took place at Turn 3 and he was quickly attended by first aid medical officers on standby.

According to MotoGP‘s Traumatology Specialist, Dr Mir, “Marc Marquez has suffered an injury, it seems, from a direct impact of the tyre to the right arm, resulting in a fracture to the shaft of the humerus, a complete fracture although it isn’t completely displaced, with some possible paralysis of the radial nerve, although we’re not certain. This injury has been immobilised here for when they decide to move him to Barcelona to carry out a definitive treatment.”

Even worse, MotoGP Medical Director, Dr Charte added “Tomorrow Dr Mir will leave for Barcelona to proceed with treatment, if there is no more news regarding the tissue, to surgically treat the humerus. That being said, we can’t say in any absolute terms if he will be at the next race or Brno or Austria. It’s not the moment, we’ll talk about it next week.”

Is this the beginning of the end for Marc Marquez and his pursuit for glory in the 2020 world championship? It’s not going to be easy if he has to sit out a few rounds considering the shortened season, but the medical officers associated with MotoGP have been known to pull off a few miracles. Remember when Jorge Lorenzo broke his collarbone at Assen 2013?

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A passionate individual when it comes to anything related to two wheels (or sometimes more), he enjoys the chaotic and magical world of motorsports as much as riding leisurely to the shops on his beloved Vespa. With an education-based background, he is always eager to learn and share about the poetic arts of motorcycling.

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