The three-day MotoGP shakedown test in Sepang (Malaysia) has been completed. The official two-day test will follow at the same place at the weekend. Because after the test riders and rookies of the 2022 MotoGP teams were still among themselves during the shakedown test, all regular drivers will be in action alongside them on Saturday and Sunday.
That includes Marc Marquez. For the eight-time motorcycle world champion, the Sepang test will be his comeback on the MotoGP bike after a month-long injury break.
Most recently, Márquez sat on the RC213V on October 24, 2021 during his victory ride in Misano (Italy). A few days later, near his property in Cervera (Spain), the fall happened during off-road training. And this fall with an off-road machine brought back the old eye injury from the winter of 2011/12.
Now, three months later, Marquez is fit again and looking forward to the Sepang Test. “I’m really looking forward to getting back on my MotoGP bike. I get goosebumps just thinking about this moment,” Marquez confesses in his current blog on the website of Honda’s main sponsor Repsol.
Márquez feared the end of his career
The past few months have once again been a real test of patience for Márquez. “If I had to describe my winter in one word, I don’t know which one I would choose. The fact is that it’s been up and down, chaotic at times. Perhaps the best way to describe it is that it was another difficult winter “, so the Honda works driver.
With a recent injury to the optic nerve in his right eye, Márquez had serious doubts over the winter as to when he would be able to make a MotoGP comeback. Even more: “There were times when I didn’t know when I would be able to drive again, or if I would even be able to do so.”
As with the first optic nerve injury in the winter of 2011/12 when he was still a Moto2 rider, Marquez once again trusted Doctor Sanchez Dalmau’s advice. This advice envisaged conservative treatment that required time and patience. “I stuck to that,” says the MotoGP star and continues: “Thanks to his advice, the regeneration was a success and I was able to regain my sight.”
Test for Márquez on Saturday
After months of not being able to train, Márquez has been trying to make up for lost hours from the moment Doctor Dalmau gave him the go-ahead. “That was in mid-January. Since then I’ve been training again,” the Honda works pilot points out, as he has since been active with an off-road bike, a Honda RC213V-S, a Honda CBR 600 and also a kart.
But the real test for Márquez comes on Saturday when he gets back on his Honda RC213V for the first time since October 24, 2021. “The Sepang test will help me to assess my physical condition better. It will also allow me to compare how my arm is doing better than last year.”
“Apart from that,” continued Márquez, “will [der Test] It will be useful to be able to assess the work done by HRC and to see where we are with the new bike”. The official Honda team presentation for the 2022 MotoGP season will take place next Tuesday (February 8th).