A little less than two months have gone by since when Marc Márquez underwent left-shoulder surgery, but now the Spaniard is trying to be in the best condition as he can for the first test of 2019, scheduled from 6th to 8th February at Sepang.
The goal of the surgery performed by Dr. Xavier Mir, Dr. Victor Marlet and Dr. Teresa Marlet at Hospital Universitari Dexeus (Barcelona) was to definitely fix Marc’s left shoulder, following the many dislocations suffered right there in the past. The recovery takes many weeks, but the rider has been doing his best to be fit for winter testing. Márquez returned to riding last 29th January, as he performed some laps at Alcarràs (a circuit close to Cervera, Marc’s hometown).
Here are some words from Marc Márquez, as reported on a press release by Honda Racing Corporation: “I needed this! I touched my elbow on the ground! 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.”
Translated by Alessandro Palma