Honda closes the door on Marc Márquez and replaces him with Stefan Bradl

Honda closes the door on Marc Márquez and replaces him with Stefan Bradl

The Honda tester, who already relieved Lorenzo last year, will contest the Czech Republic GP this weekend.

Honda closes the door on Marc Márquez and replaces him with Stefan Bradl

German Honda test rider Stefan Bradl will replace Marc Márquez this weekend at the Czech Republic GP. The six-time MotoGP champion has been separated by his team for the third round of Mundal 2020, although he could also be left out of the next two races, which are held at the Red Bull Ring on August 16 and 23.

“After his heroic return, just four days after undergoing surgery, Marc will miss the Brno race,” the Repsol Honda Team announced in a statement confirming the next partner for Alex Márquez . The team had to impose its prudence to convince Marc, the victim of a hard crash on July 19 in Jerez.

On July 21, he underwent the first surgery and this Monday he underwent surgery to “replace the damaged plate of his right humerus with a new one.” The previous one, made of titanium, had suffered damage “due to accumulation of stress”, according to Xavier Mir, a surgeon at the Dexeus University Hospital in Barcelona. “Now we have to wait 48 hours to find out how long it will take to recover,” Mir warned.

A plenary session in Jerez

Márquez's loss in Brno is a terrible step back in his aspirations for his fifth consecutive title. At the moment, the from ilerdense has not added a single point in the championship, while Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) has 50, thanks to his full in the two Jerez races.

“First of all I want to wish Marc a speedy recovery. What he did in Jerez was incredible and showed that he has the true spirit of a champion,” said Bradl, who also replaced Jorge Lorenzo in the RC213V last season, although with little fortune. In three races, his best performance was a 10th place finish at the German GP.

The decision to remove Márquez seems the confirmation of Honda's long-term plans, more pending the 2021 World Cup than the current one. Alberto Puig , team leader, wants his driver to return on September 13 at Misano. In that case, he would only have nine races to go, with a total of 225 points at stake and a considerable disadvantage against other favorites such as Maverick Viñales and Andrea Dovizioso .

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