Marc Marquez has been given the green light by his medical team to return to MotoGP action next weekend, for the premier class’ third round in Portugal.
Marquez has been out of action for over a year now following an operation to cure his infected humerus bone in his right arm.
He has since undergone private tests to determine his fitness and was set to make his return last month in Qatar, but his recovery was extended by a handful of weeks, with doctors now giving him the all clear.
“In the review carried out on Marc Marquez by the Hospital Ruber Internacional medical team, four months after surgery, led by Doctors Samuel Antuña and Ignacio Roger de Oña, and made up of Doctors De Miguel, Ibarzabal and García Villanueva, for an infected pseudoarthrosis of the right humerus, a very satisfactory clinical condition was found, with evident progress in the bone consolidation process,” his Honda team said in a statement on Saturday.
“In the current situation, Marquez can return to competition, assuming the reasonable risk implicit in his sporting activity.”
Marquez shared the news on his social media channels, adding: “I’m very happy! Yesterday I visited the doctors and they gave me the green light to return to competition.
“They have been 9 difficult months, with moments of uncertainties and ups and downs, and now, I will be able to enjoy my passion again! See you next week in Portimao!”
Honda test rider Stefan Bradl stood in for Marquez in Qatar for both the opening rounds.
Marquez hasn’t competed in a MotoGP race since crashing out from the Spanish GP at Jerez. The broken humerus he sustained in the incident forced him to miss the rest of the season before undergoing the operation needed to cure the bone condition that afflicted him in December.
He therefore hasn’t taken the chequered flag in any race since claiming victory in the Valencia GP at the conclusion of the 2019 campaign 17 months ago.