Repsol Honda has confirmed that Marc Marquez will miss this weekend’s Czech Grand Prix at Brno following further surgery on his broken arm on Monday.
The World Champion went under the knife for a second time in order to replace the titanium plate he had installed to try and speed up the recovery of the broken right humerus he sustained in his violent Spanish GP crash.
The plate had to be swapped out due to “over-stress”, forcing Marquez to remain in hospital for 48 hours in order to determine a rough recovery time.
While Marquez attempted to compete in the Andalucian GP weekend just a few days after his initial arm surgery, withdrawing after failing to set a qualifying time, he will not be present at Brno.
This also puts him in doubt for the following pair of Austrian encounters that complete the first 2020 triple-header, handing the initiative to current championship leader Fabio Quartararo and factory Yamaha man Maverick Vinales in the fight for their respective first MotoGP titles.
Joining Alex Marquez at Honda this weekend will be HRC test rider Stefan Bradl, who will make his first appearance in the premier class since the 2019 edition of the Austrian GP, where he managed 13th.
The German has made a handful of MotoGP starts for HRC and its customer outfits across the past couple of seasons as both a wildcard and replacement rider for the likes of Jorge Lorenzo and Jack Miller, scoring a best result of ninth in the 2018 finale at Valencia.
His best ever premier class result came in his sophomore campaign with the LCR team, shadowing Marquez to his only rostrum finish to date with second at the 2013 US GP at Laguna Seca.