MotoGP: Marc Marquez Crashes While Training

Marc Marquez Crashes Mountain Bike, Undergoes Surgery
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez

Two-time reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez has not had the best luck this season. The 22-year-old Spaniard suffered his fifth DNF due to crashing at the Aragon Grand Prix, and followed this up with a mountain bike crash Tuesday near his home in Cervera, Spain.

Marquez, who trails Valentino Rossi by 79 points in the 2015 MotoGP Point standings, was training on the outskirts of his home town when he crashed, fracturing the pinky on his left hand.

The Repsol Honda RC213V was taken to the Universitario Dexeus Hospital in Barcelona, where he underwent successful surgery carried out by Dr. Xavier Mir, Head of the Hand and Upper Extremities department.

If the recovery goes as expected, Mir says Marc Marquez will be healthy enough to race at the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi in 10 days.

Speaking of the surgery, Mir says: “We have operated on Marc Marquez to treat a torsion fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand. The surgery consisted of a reduction and internal fixation of the bone, through screws for compression and a neutralizing titanium plate with six holes.

“After the insertion, the soft tissue has been closed up and we have placed a protective bandage around the finger, supporting it with the adjacent finger. Marc will remain in hospital for 24 hours, and in 48 hours will begin functional rehabilitation.”