Repsol Honda has confirmed Marc Marquez is now continuing his recovery at home more than a week after undergoing a third operation on the arm he injured during the 2020 MotoGP World Championship opener at Jerez.
The six-time MotoGP World Champion was admitted to Hospital Ruber Internacional in Madrid at the start of the month in preparation for surgery to treat pseudarthrosis – a type of infection that can occur during a healing process – of the right humerus.
After going under the knife on Thursday December 3, Honda confirmed he has now been discharged on Sunday December 13.
“Marc Marquez’s progress after the surgery performed on December 3 and the start of antibiotic therapy has been deemed satisfactory by his medical team,” read a statement from Repsol Honda. “Today he has been discharged from the Hospital Ruber Internacional to continue his recovery at home, where he will continue with the specific antibiotic treatment.”
This latest operation comes a full five months after Marquez’s bid to win a seventh MotoGP world title in eight years came to an abrupt end just 21 laps into the opening race of the season at Jerez when he fell heavily at Turn 3.
Glanced by the wheel of his Repsol Honda as he came down, Marquez underwent a first operation on the fractured humerus in the days following the accident before stunning onlookers by returning to MotoGP action just three days later by starting free practice for the Andalucia MotoGP. However, it would prove a challenge too far, with Marquez eventually withdrawing well before the race.
With a second operation required soon after to fix a metal plate that had become damaged, Marquez eventually called time on his 2020 MotoGP campaign.
However, amid talk the slow recovery process could go on to hinder his preparations for return in 2021 too, the latest surgery is unlikely to quieten this speculation. Nonetheless, Honda has sought to play this down, insisting the latest surgery is an effort to identify what causing the laboured progress, rather than be directly related to the original injury itself.