Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez’s rough start to 2015 MotoGP continues. The 22-year-old Repsol Honda’ rider opened this season with a fifth-place finish in Qatar, but quickly redeemed himself at Circuit of the Americas for another flawless win at the Texas track.
But troubles continued at Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina, where he crashed out while in the lead, allowing nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi to take an easy win.
Regrouping after the DNF – something rare for the two-time MotoGP Champion – Marquez had another slightly smaller setback. While training on a dirt track near his home in Spain, Marquez crashed, breaking the little finger of his clutch hand.
Repsol Honda reports that Marquez underwent successful surgery Monday by Dr. Xavier Mir, Head of the Unit for Hand and Upper Extremities Pathology at the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus in Barcelona. Dr. Mir inserted a titanium plate to his finger.
Following the surgery. Dr. Mir reported that Marquez had “attended the casualty department of the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus having suffered a crash in training this morning. The patient presented a deformity to the little finger of his left hand and a subsequent X-Ray showed a fracture of the proximal phalanx, with displacement.
“Therefore, we decided to treat the injury -as we would in the case of any other patient- by fixing a titanium plate to his finger. This will allow us to initiate functional recovery after 24 hours and give him a chance of racing at Jerez.”
Though it’s not confirmed, Marquez will likely ride at round four in Jerez. For Marquez, a few days for a broken finger is like a month for a broken leg. Remember last February 20 when Marquez broke his right leg in a dirt-track training accident, just to win the season opener in Qatar four weeks later?