The MotoGP world is abuzz with the news that Marc Marquez is set to return to racing in the French Grand Prix this weekend, after being cleared by the doctors and winning an appeal in the MotoGP Court of Appeal.
The Repsol Honda Team rider is back in action after breaking the first metacarpal bone in his right hand during the Portugal GP. After consulting with three different medical teams, Marquez was deemed fit to compete in the upcoming race. The primary focus for Marquez and his team will be to pick up where they left off and get back into the flow of a Grand Prix weekend.
This weekend’s French GP is set to be a historic event, marking the 1000th race in the history of motorcycle racing. Since 1949, manufacturers and riders from all over the world have been competing for the greatest honor in two-wheeled racing.
Honda took its first steps into this world in 1959 and clinched its first victory two years later in 1961. Since then, the history of Honda and Grand Prix racing has been intertwined, with Honda claiming a total of 817 victories in all Grand Prix classes to date.
In addition to his return to racing, Marquez has also won a landmark victory in the MotoGP Court of Appeal. The Court has overturned the penalty imposed on Marquez by the FIM MotoGP Stewards Panel during the Portugal GP.
The panel had imposed a double long-lap penalty on Marquez, but the tribunal ruled that the penalty had already been served by Marquez’s non-participation in the Argentina GP. As a result, Marquez is now cleared to compete in the upcoming race in France without any further sanctions.
Le Mans has been a happy hunting ground for Marquez in the past, having taken the top step of the podium on three occasions in the premier class.
With his return to the track and the lifting of the sanctions, Marquez is sure to be a major contender for victory this weekend.
Fans of motorcycle racing can expect an even more intense and thrilling competition at the French GP with Marquez back in the mix.
MotoGP returns on May 13th, with the French GP, at the Le Mans circuit.