Marc Márquez takes step towards MotoGP comeback

Marc Márquez’s comeback plans continue to move forward after a months-long hiatus.

The eight-time motorcycle world champion and six-time premier class MotoGP champion has been out of action with vision problems since his motocross crash in late October.

Now, within a few days, Márquez was back on the motocross bike and shortly afterwards also on a production motorcycle to gain more driving experience and to give his ophthalmologist indications for a possible return to the MotoGP bike.

As the Honda factory team announced via Twitter, Marquez did numerous laps on Sunday at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao on a Honda RC213V-S – the street version of his MotoGP bike.

“Out for a Sunday ride. Marc Márquez is back on track driving the RC213V-S to further evaluate his condition ahead of the 2022 season,” said the Honda factory team.

Marquez: “It looks like we’re on track”

As was heard on Friday at a Honda press conference, it is the declared goal that Marquez will get back on his traditional RC213V during the MotoGP pre-season tests, but at the latest at the MotoGP season opener.

“It looks like we’re on course,” Márquez said on Friday, adding: “But before that I have to test on a Grand Prix circuit at high speeds. Visibility is something you take very seriously should take. I will follow the advice of my doctors.”

With the track day on Sunday in Portimao, the Honda works driver hopes to have cleared the next hurdle on the way to his planned comeback. The official test drives with all teams in preparation for the 2022 MotoGP season will take place on April 5th and 6th. February in Sepang (Malaysia) and February 11-13 in Mandalika (Indonesia).

Between the two test dates, the official team presentation of the Honda factory team takes place on February 8th. MotoGP season opener 2022 is on March 6th in Losail (Qatar).


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