Marc Marquez Sidelined for Remainder of 2020 MotoGP Season

Repsol Honda & MotoGP confirmed that Marc Marquez wouldn’t make his formal return to racing on November 7th. It’d been speculated that the European Grand Prix would see Marquez return to his RC-213V, which would have meant Stefan Bradl being sidelined as the replacement driver. October 4th saw Repsol Honda confirm that Marquez won’t return, requiring additional time to heal injuries from earlier this season correctly. That period of healing isn’t known, with Repsol Honda not ruling out the possibility of Marc Marquez returning for Valencia or Portuguese Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez wasn’t given a chance to obtain the 7th championship in MotoGP during 2020. That’s because Marquez broke his right arm during the Jerez Grand Prix. The six-time champion would return during the Andalusian Grand Prix, only to suffer an additional injury after his initial operation wasn’t appropriately completed by healthcare personnel. It created further damage to Marquez’s right-arm, requiring a second operation. His healing time for the second operation was longer than expected, with Spanish media reporting in October that Marc Marquez needed a third operation. Repsol Honda would confirm that report false & now supporters have seen the six-time champion return to the MotoGP grid. His position, for now, is purely moral support for Repsol Honda.

Repsol Honda worked diligently towards refuting any claims that Marc Marquez wouldn’t return in 2020. It wouldn’t be until their replacement driver of Stefan Bradl informed Austrian media that he’d likely drive at the Valencia & Portuguese Grand Prix’s, that Repsol Honda was forced to confirm that Marquez is concentrating on healing beyond riding. Bradl would clarify that Repsol Honda notified him he’d be competing for the remainder of 2020s season. It’s expected that his premature announcement has evoked anger within the team, eliminating any opportunities of Stefan Bradl driving for Repsol Honda in future seasons.

Repsol Honda confirmed on October 4th that Stefan Bradly would compete at the European Grand Prix & first round of the Valencia Grand Prix. When questioned on Marquez’s confirmed return for the second round at Valencia & the Portuguese GP, Repsol Honda didn’t rule out the opportunity but wouldn’t make an official announcement. When accounting for the associated risk with driving for Marc Marquez in the final two races, it’s easy to understand why the six-time champion wouldn’t compete.

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