Marc Marquez Returns to Track Action

Rennie Scaysbrook | February 1, 2019

Marc Marquez Returns to Track Action—Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has made his first tentative steps back on track after his shoulder reconstruction surgery. Marquez rode a training/pit bike at a local kart track in Alcarràs, Spain, after a winter of recovery following surgery to correct the repeated dislocations he had suffered during his career.

Marc Marquez Returns to Track Action

Marquez’s surgery was performed by Dr. Xavier Mir, Dr. Victor Marlet and Dr. Teresa Marlet at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, with Marquez undergoing an intensive physical therapy program in order to be fit enough to take part in the first 2019 MotoGP pre-season test, scheduled for Sepang in Malaysia on February 6-8.

“I needed this!” beamed Marquez said of his first ride in nearly two months. “Riders, in general, need to have their minds clear. At least on the trip to Malaysia, which is 14 hours long, I will be thinking I have ridden a bike, got on the brakes, felt the throttle and the clutch. We have done a few laps that have helped me to see where things are. This week we have to work on it. It was pretty much what I expected, the large force under braking – especially left-handers, where I have to support my left shoulder was problematic. That is where we have to continue working, have patience in Malaysia and get to March at full fitness.”

Marc Marquez Returns to Track Action

Marquez will be the only full-time Repsol Honda rider at Malaysia, with new teammate Jorge Lorenzo sitting out the test after breaking his scaphoid in a dirt track training crash. His place will be taken by HRC test rider Stefan Bradl.

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Rennie Scaysbrook | Road Test Editor Rennie Scaysbrook is our Road Test Editor. A lifetime rider, the Aussie made the trek across the Pacific to live the dream in the U.S. of A. Likes puppies and wheelies.