Marc Marquez #93 NewsLast week, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez broke his right fibula while dirt-track training near Barcelona.
This put a damper on his preseason MotoGP testing, and Marquez was forced to miss the Sepang II sessions. And on Wednesday, his team confirmed that Marquez will also miss next week’s Bridgestone tire test at Phillip Island.The news arrived after Marquez visited with his surgeon Dr. Mir in Barcelona. Mir says Marquez needs to take this opportunity to rest. This will give the 21-year-old Spaniard additional time to recover ahead of the opening round in 2014 MotoGP at Qatar March 23.Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “I’m obviously disappointed that I’m not in Sepang at the moment and to miss Phillip Island is also unfortunate, but we believe it is the best decision.“After my meeting today with Dr. Mir, although he was happy with the general situation of my leg after only seven days since the accident, he advised against taking unnecessary risk. So I will take time to rest and get myself as fit as possible to return to Qatar for the first race in the best shape possible.”During the first Sepang preseason tests, Marquez was fastest all three days, breaking the outright track record.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!