Marc Marquez says he is “nervous” about his MotoGP return after being out of contention after a crash at the Spanish GP last year.

Marquez missed the rest of the 2020 season and the opening rounds of 2021 in Qatar. He will now make his return this weekend at Portimao.

“It’s really nice to be back here and be here with all of you because the last nine months have been really, really hard and difficult,” he said.

“Tomorrow it will be time to make the most important step in my rehabilitation, that is riding again a MotoGP bike.

“It is true that I am nervous. I have some butterflies in the stomach that are not normal in me but I know that after FP1 these will be gone and now it is time to enjoy being on the bike again.

“Today I met all the team, all the Japanese staff, because all of the Spanish staff I had already met them at a private test.

“But the Japanese staff were really motivated and immediately straight away said, ‘Hey, don’t forget that we do not have any target this weekend’.

“I will not be the same Marc from FP1, I need time, I am still in my rehabilitation and there are two different things: a physical side but also a mental side.

“We are in the process, but I am really happy to be here and I am looking forward to riding the bike.”

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