Honda's Marquez to have post-2018 MotoGP season shoulder surgery

Marc Marquez will undergo surgery on his left shoulder after the end of the 2018 MotoGP season, but he is aiming to be fully recovered by the middle of January

Honda's Marquez to have post-2018 MotoGP season shoulder surgery

Marquez dislocated his left shoulder while celebrating his fifth MotoGP title on the in-lap of the Motegi race last weekend, and later revealed that it had also happened several times during training in 2018.

He called it his "weak point" of the season, but expects it to be "perfect" and fully recovered just a few months after the operation.

"My brother [Moto2 rider Alex] already had this operation, they put like a limit in the shoulder because this is something that when it goes out many times, the bone gets smaller and smaller and then it is easier for it to go out," Marquez said.

"They just try to increase this bone by a blade, or a bolt, I don't know, and then [it] will be better. [It] takes one month and a half to be 100%. For that reason, I need to wait until December.

"I will do it [in the] first week of December and to be 100% again on the bike, [it will be the] middle of January.

"Maybe [the shoulder] was my weak point of the season. During the season, it dislocated many times during training."

Honda endured a difficult opening day at Phillip Island with Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow all crashing, with the British rider breaking his ankle.

Crutchlow crashed at Turn 1 during FP2, and Marquez said that after seeing his stablemate fall he decided to be more careful there as he had also had a couple of moments.

"I saw, I was far away, but somebody had the big crash in Turn 1 and then I realised when I arrived [back] in the box that [it] was Cal," explained Marquez, whose fall in FP1 was at the MG corner.

"When I saw that [it] was Cal, I slowed down there because I had some moments, too.

"Dani crashed there this morning too so [it] is one of our weak points. We arrive there and, on the bike, I don't understand the front.

"But we did a change this afternoon and I started to understand [it] in a better way. You need to be patient, this is a very special circuit - sometimes the base setup is not working here.

"Now [it] is time to understand and on Sunday we will see, but our target is try to be faster and faster, and be on the podium.

"But [it] is true that our base pace setup during all the season, here, [it] looks like [it is] not working in a good way."

shares
comments
Pedrosa joins KTM as MotoGP test rider for two years from 2019
Previous article

Pedrosa joins KTM as MotoGP test rider for two years from 2019

Next article

Ducati, Honda finalise Lorenzo agreement over Valencia MotoGP test

Ducati, Honda finalise Lorenzo agreement over Valencia MotoGP test
The talent-outweighing ambition that will kill Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP title hopes Plus

The talent-outweighing ambition that will kill Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP title hopes

OPINION: For the fourth time in 2022, Francesco Bagnaia has made a costly error while battling other riders. Crashing while chasing one point at the Japanese Grand Prix has lost him eight to a struggling Fabio Quartararo. With just four rounds remaining and a history of errors in high-pressure situations, Bagnaia and Ducati need a serious rethink to stop its best opportunity of a title in 15 years slipping away

MotoGP
Sep 26, 2022
The unique advantage Ducati must now use to win the 2022 MotoGP title Plus

The unique advantage Ducati must now use to win the 2022 MotoGP title

Ducati has littered the grid with eight strong motorcycles that has ensured it has had at least one rider stand on the podium at every grand prix in 2022. The drama of the Aragon Grand Prix has thrust Francesco Bagnaia well and truly into title contention with five races to go, and Ducati must now consider utilising a unique strength it has so far been reticent to embrace

MotoGP
Sep 19, 2022
How KTM failed one of its brightest MotoGP prospects Plus

How KTM failed one of its brightest MotoGP prospects

Reigning Moto2 champion Remy Gardner’s career has been derailed by KTM’s decision not to retain him at Tech3 for 2023. Amid difficult circumstances, Gardner hasn’t shamed himself. But KTM’s apparent reasoning for dropping him raises questions about its handling of its young riders and the unrealistic expectations placed on them

MotoGP
Sep 6, 2022
Why it won’t just be Marquez’s speed that saves Honda in MotoGP Plus

Why it won’t just be Marquez’s speed that saves Honda in MotoGP

OPINION: Honda is in the midst of a second winless season in the space of three years. The absence of the injured Marc Marquez has been a major contributing factor, but HRC’s inability to alter its own approach has seen it slide down the order. Marquez returned to the MotoGP paddock in Austria and provided a rallying cry Honda needed to hear.

MotoGP
Aug 22, 2022
The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him Plus

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

MotoGP
Aug 8, 2022
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022
How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature Plus

How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature

The hiring of technicians from Formula 1 has clearly contributed to a recent change in the MotoGP landscape, with the role of engineers gaining greater significance relative to the riders. Here's how this shift has come about

MotoGP
Jul 19, 2022