Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez has unfortunately confirmed his absence from the upcoming Spanish GP due to his ongoing recovery from a recent injury.
The MotoGP rider underwent a medical check at the Ruber Internacional Hospital on Tuesday, April 25th, where it was confirmed that his intra-articular fracture of the first metacarpal on his right hand has not yet fully healed.
Despite the fact that his clinical and radiological progression was deemed satisfactory, the nature of the fracture and the time elapsed has led Marquez and his medical team to continue with his recovery and preparation over the coming weeks. As a result, Marquez will focus his possible return on the French GP, taking place from May 12-14.
Marquez expressed his regret at having to miss the Spanish GP, which is always a special event for him. He acknowledged the unique atmosphere and the thrill of racing at home, but ultimately decided that participating in the race in Jerez would have been too risky.
Stepping up to replace Marquez at the upcoming Spanish GP is Iker Lecuona, who is currently racing for Team HRC in WorldSBK. Lecuona, a former MotoGP rider himself, is no stranger to the high-pressure world of professional motorcycle racing and is eager to showcase his skills on the Repsol Honda team.
While Marquez’s absence will undoubtedly be felt by his many fans, the Spanish GP is sure to deliver plenty of excitement and drama. As always, the competition promises to be fierce, and with Lecuona’s inclusion in the lineup, anything can happen.
For Marquez, his focus now shifts to making a full recovery and returning to the track as soon as possible. He expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of support from his fans and supporters and promised to keep working hard to come back stronger than ever.
MotoGP returns on April 29th, with the Spanish GP, at the Jerez – Ángel Nieto circuit.