The manager of Marc Marquez has confirmed that the rider will not go to the Phillip Island test and that the World Champion knows there is a long season ahead – even if he is not 100% fit for the first race.
Emilio Alzamora spoke to motogp.com after it was confirmed that the Repsol Honda rider will not attend the forthcoming test at the Australian track, following a medical check-up on Tuesday on the broken leg sustained in a training accident last week.
Alzamora stated, “He had a new scan and things are going well. The bone is ok, it is not displaced and it is healing. Marc made the decision not to go to Australia himself and it’s the wise choice. The championship is 18 rounds long and even if he isn’t 100% fit at the first race the positive point is that he can ride in the opening GP.”
The rider manager added, “It’s only seven days since the injury so the advice from the doctors and the team is to recover properly. Marc is upbeat, but obviously no rider wants to miss testing. The first test of the year was really positive because Marc was very quick and HRC showed they’ve adapted the bike well to the new rules. When we get to Qatar we’ll see how Marc’s condition is in free practice and then we can set objectives.”
On the suggestion that Marquez could have participated in the upcoming Qatar test, which Repsol Honda will not attend, Alzamora commented that the idea was initially explored but that ultimately it would not happen.Emilio Alzamora, Marc Marquez, MotoGP, Repsol Honda