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Marc Marquez to miss Czech MotoGP after second surgery

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Filed on August 4, 2020
Marc Marquez, reigning MotoGP world champion, fractured his arm in the season opener in Spain on July 19. - AFP

He will be replaced this weekend by German test rider Stefan Bradl.

Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will miss his second straight race after he was ruled out of Sunday's Czech Grand Prix following another operation on his fractured right arm, his team said Tuesday.

"After undergoing a second operation on his injured right arm, Marc Marquez and HRC have decided that the world champion will not ride in the Czech Republic in order for him to recover more," Honda said in a statement. He will be replaced this weekend by German test rider Stefan Bradl.

The Spaniard fractured his arm in the season opener in Spain on July 19 and missed the following race despite initially being declared fit to take part, just 48 hours after having a titanium plate inserted during surgery.

"The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient," said doctor Xavier Mir. "An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation," the doctor added.

Six-time world champion Marquez made a remarkable return in practice ahead of last month's Andalucia MotoGP, four days after surgery, but later dropped out of qualifying having struggled to keep pace.


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