MotoGP is gearing up for the Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal which will be held between 16th April 2021 – 18th April 2021 at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve (Algarve International Circuit) a state-of-the-art motorsports complex where Marc Marquez will make his return following a right-hand arm surgery which ruled the Spaniard out of the entire 2020 season.
Marc Marquez’ 2021 Season at the MotoGP
The eight-time Grand Prix world champion also missed out on the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix held between the 26th to the 28th of March as well as the Grand Prix of Doha, at the same Losail International Circuit, the following weekend. Marquez’ medical team from the Hospital Ruber Internacional suggested that the rider not return to the track after such an inactive time before the further reassessment of his medical condition. But now for the third round of the 2021 MotoGP, Hospital Ruber Internacional medical team has cleared Marc Marquez for the competition.
Return of Marc Marquez
The medical team at the Hospital Ruber Internacional carried out a review four months after the surgery for an infected pseudoarthrosis of the right humerus and found out evident progress in the bone consolidation process as well as a ‘very satisfactory clinical condition’. The team of Doctors including lead Doctors Samuel Antuña and Ignacio Roger de Oña, as well as Doctors De Miguel, Ibarzabal and García Villanueva have given Marc the green light for competition assuming the reasonable risk understood in the sporting activity.
Repsol Honda Team
For the opening season, Qatar Grand Prix and the Grand Prix of Doha, Stefan Bradl mounted the saddle of the Repsol Honda Team RC213V MotoGP bike as Marc’s focus was on recovering the right humerus. In 2020, Stefan Bradl showcased a consistent pace that the rider carried over in the 2021 season. Pol Espargaro also signed in the Repsol Honda Team roster and finished in the 8th position at the Qatar Grand Prix and 13th position at the Grand Prix of Doha. Stefan Bradl finished 11th and 14th, respectively in the first two races.