Due to his recent surgery to repair a broken first metacarpal in his right hand, Marc Marquez has been forced to withdraw from the second round of the 2023 MotoGP Championship, the Argentina GP.
During last Sunday’s Portuguese GP, Marquez’s braking error caused him to crash, ultimately resulting in his hand being injured and causing a collision that wiped out both Jorge Martin and home hero Miguel Oliveira.
As a consequence, the Repsol Honda Team rider has received a Double Long Lap Penalty, which he will need to serve at the upcoming round of the MotoGP calendar, provided he is deemed medically fit to compete.
After returning to Spain for additional examination, Marc Marquez was diagnosed with a displaced intrarticular fracture at the base of the first metacarpal bone in his right thumb. Without delay, he underwent surgery led by Dr. Ignacio Roger de Oña at Ruber Internacional Hospital in Madrid, assisted by Dr. Samuel Antuña and Dr. Andrea Garcia Villanueva.
The surgery involved a closed reduction of the fracture and internal fixation of the same with two screws, which went smoothly.
As part of his recovery plan, Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team have decided that he will skip the upcoming round to concentrate on his rehabilitation and return in top shape for the following races.