MotoGP manager with strong warning to Marc Marquez

“Today I don’t feel like smiling, but I will find a way to do it again. Always with strength,” wrote Marc Márquez on his Twitter account this Thursday, after it was confirmed earlier in the week that his vision problems were over have returned from the fall in Mandalika.

The Spaniard had to skip the race last Sunday. The reason for this was a concussion. On the way back to his homeland, the first signs of diplopia, from which he was already suffering in November 2021, became noticeable. But this time it was “less pronounced”.

It is still unclear when the Honda driver will have recovered and will return to the paddock. Some are even speculating about a possible resignation, as was the case after breaking his upper arm in 2020. Driver manager Carlo Pernat hopes that it will not come to that.

“The only one who can muster the strength and passion to overcome another obstacle like this is Marc Marquez,” the Italian told “Not having him on the track would be a huge blow to everyone.”

“But do you have to know how long it will take and if there is enough time for a real healing, or rather what the price might be to force a comeback.”

It is Márquez’s third serious injury in two years, the second to affect his sight. Pernat has doubts that the six-time MotoGP champion will be as competitive once he returns.

“I think he’ll come back. Somehow he’ll come back and we’ll see him out on the track again, but it’s impossible to understand if he’ll be as competitive as he is. In any case, I hope so. For him and for the whole MotoGP because Marquez is now MotoGP whether we like it or not.”

Bradl is available as a possible replacement driver

As for the next race in Argentina, should Márquez not recover, Honda will have to look for a replacement. Because the MotoGP regulations stipulate that an injured driver must be replaced within ten days. So for the weekend of April 1-4, Honda has to register two drivers.

In order to make a decision, the team will only have the next examination of Márquez with his ophthalmologist Dr. Waiting for Sanchez Dalmau to take place next week. Based on the doctor’s diagnosis, one will take the next step.

The best news would be that Márquez can travel to Argentina. But if the recommendation is to extend the rest period, Honda will nominate for a replacement.

The most logical choice would obviously be test driver Stefan Bradl. The 32-year-old German has already replaced Márquez for a large part of the 2020 season – and for a further five races in 2021. He extended his test driver contract in September until the end of 2022, marking his fifth year in the position.


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