What’s the matter with Marc Marquez? On the fringes of this MotoGP weekend in Argentina, there is a lot of whispering in the paddock. The Spanish star is missing from Indonesia after his insane crash two weeks ago. Once again. His acute visual impairment is causing problems for the eight-time champion. Some experts fear the end of a career. Can he make the comeback?
During his fatal fall on Lombok two weeks ago, the fans caught their breath. Marc Márquez was thrown through the air at 180 km/h during the warm-up for the race and smashed onto the asphalt. A start was unthinkable. The serious problem: Marc’s diplopia came back. As in 2011 in Moto2 and in autumn 2021, the Spaniard suffers from double vision.
Also this weekend in Argentina, a start of the MotoGP star is impossible. In the meantime, he is training at home for his return and recently posted a photo of coordination exercises with tennis balls online. Although some experts even fear the end of Márquez’s career, the Spaniard has proven several times in the past that he is unstoppable. Everything is trimmed for a comeback, the love for the sport is too great. The same can already be heard in Argentina: Márquez would like to be back at the start next week in Austin (where he won seven out of eight races!).
In any case, one fact is that the Honda star has permanently lost the myth of its “indestructibility”. The numbers also prove that the 29-year-old is reaching his limit in terms of health: After Márquez had not missed a single one of 127 MotoGP races for years since his debut in 2013, he was only able to start in 14 of 34 races due to injuries and operations. If he misses a few races again this year, he will probably have to give up the long-awaited world title prematurely.
TV expert jumps in
In Termas de Rio Hondo, Márquez is replaced by German ServusTV expert Stefan Bradl. However, yesterday’s Friday practice was canceled due to the delay in the delivery of the motorcycles. The entire paddock is now hoping that practice and qualifying can take place today.