Marc Marquez is exploring the option to return to MotoGP action this weekend despite undergoing surgery on Tuesday after breaking his right arm in a violent Spanish Grand Prix crash.
In last weekend’s MotoGP season opener Marquez was recovering from an early off-track moment before violently crashing and breaking his right humerus, which was impacted by his bike.
The Repsol Honda rider flew to Barcelona on Monday afternoon and underwent surgery on Tuesday morning, led by Dr. Xavier Mir’s team in the Dexeus Hospital.
The surgery was deemed successful and confirmed Marquez did not suffer any radial nerve damage in the accident.
Marquez was released from hospital on Wednesday morning to start his rehabilitation at home.
Initially his objective was to return to action in early August’s Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno, the third race of an overhauled 2020 schedule.
But according to the newspaper El Periodico de Catalunya, Marquez is not ruling out returning to Jerez for this weekend’s Andalusian Grand Prix, buoyed by the news that he escaped nerve damage.
Marquez is intending to climb back on his bike for a weekend of damage limitation, with the objective of scoring vital points in the shortened championship.
As it stands, 13 rounds are confirmed on the revised calendar, with planned rounds in Thailand and Malaysia potentially bumping up the number to 15.
In the coming days Marquez will evaluate his condition and make a final call on whether it would be wise climbing back on his bike just three days after undergoing surgery on his fractured arm.
Marquez could delay his decision until Saturday’s qualifying session, which is the final cut-off for taking part.
After his surgery on Tuesday, Honda boss Alberto Puig said: “Marc will take some time to recover but we are happy with how everything has gone.
“Doctor Mir and his team have taken care of the entire situation since the fall and performed a successful operation.
“This gives the Repsol Honda Team a lot of motivation, knowing it went well, but now we have to be patient to see how Marc recovers and to understand when he can return.”
Both Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins are also in a race to be fit for the second round of the 2020 MotoGP season having also sat out the opener due to respective injuries.