8-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez was forced to miss the Jerez test after suffering from problems with muscles in his body locking, after two mammoth crashes during the race weekend.
Marquez was forced to miss almost a year of MotoGP riding after a crash at last year’s Spanish Grand Prix broke his arm so badly he needed three operations to get it back to normal. He returned to racing at Portimao before coming back to the track that started the whole ordeal – Jerez. He had two massive crashes during the weekend, a test of his fitness post-recovery, but survived the weekend with a ninth-place finish.
Unfortunately, it did batter his body, and after seven laps in Mondays’ Jerez test, he decided to call it a day.
“Today we didn’t really test, just one run because on the second run my body was already locking up,” Marquez said.
“My neck and my right shoulder were stiff, it’s similar to after Portimao but I was not as locked up as I was after Portugal. The crash I had on Saturday didn’t help with my physical condition.”
“We spoke as a team and decided to stop the test, we need to understand that we’re improving step by step and the next target is Le Mans where we will try to improve again.”
Despite only completing two races, Marquez sits 15th in the points table, only one point behind teammate Pol Espargaro.