MotoGP: Marc Marquez rules himself out of Qatar test

Published on February 22, 2021
By Short Shift News

After unveiling the 2021 Repsol Honda colours with new team-mate Pol Espargaro, Marc Marquez confirmed that he would not take part in next weeks test held in Qatar, as he looks to further improve the strength in his right arm.

Marc Marquez was sidelined from MotoGP action following a monstrous highside at the 2020 MotoGP season opener in Jerez before making an equally impressive return just six days later. However, complications began, and Marquez was ruled out for the season.

This week, Marquez and team-mate Pol Espargaro pulled the covers off their unchanged colour schemed Repsol Honda and later confirmed to media that he would not be in Qatar.

The Spaniard confirmed that he still needs to build up muscle and will only return once it’s safe to do so, despite what doctors tell him.

Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda

“Step by step I feel much better, and the recovery is going in a good way and this is the most important thing. Every time that I went to the doctor, normally we had good news – that’s really important because last year was quite long and tough. But now, you know, we just try to follow my body with the physio, with the doctor and try to increase the work at home.

“I can’t say because I don’t know, and the doctors don’t know, when I will be ready. But the most important thing is that every week, not every day, but every week, I feel a bit better and I’m optimistic to be on the bike as soon as possible. I don’t know exactly when the day will be.”

The eight-time World Champion also highlighted his return to Andalucia as the biggest downfall to his injury.

Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda

“I don’t take many positive things from 2020 but I did learn a few things. “We take a lot of risks all the time and sometimes we try to come back as soon as possible but it’s not the most important thing to come back as soon as possible – this is what I learnt in 2020.

“We made a mistake to come back in Jerez and we must accept that mistake. Of course, it was a consequence of many many things, but in the end the last decision was mine. I felt that I was able to do it, but I’ll learn from that situation in the future.”

MotoGP returns to track action for the Qatar test on Saturday, March 6th.

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