Honda introduced on Monday Marquez wouldn’t make his long-awaited MotoGP return from damage on this weekend’s season-opening Qatar GP having been suggested towards doing so by his docs.
Marquez then confirmed his absence would prolong to the Doha GP additionally, with the Spaniard set for an additional check-up by docs on 12 April forward of the Portuguese GP.
Honda has now confirmed 2011 Moto2 world champion Bradl will take Marquez’s place once more, having been his stand-in since final 12 months’s Czech GP.
“Initially I need to say thanks to HRC and need Marc all the very best on his continued restoration,” Bradl stated.
“We had a very good take a look at and I’ve been driving properly after a busy 2020 and a very good begin to 2021.
“Hopefully we are able to have one other sturdy weekend and collect some good info for Honda.
“It is going to be nice to race in Qatar once more, it has been some time since I’ve raced there however definitely the 2 checks have me up to the mark with the monitor so I don’t assume this can be an obstacle to us.
“Let’s begin the season.”
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Workforce
Photograph by: Repsol Media
Bradl carried out double duties throughout the 2020 season, persevering with his testing work for HRC whereas collaborating within the condensed race calendar.
He ended the season with a finest results of seventh on the Portugal finale.
Bradl’s pre-season has been busy, with the German finishing up quite a lot of non-public checks for Honda in addition to operating within the Qatar take a look at final week.
His huge monitor time this 12 months has angered some, because it has been identified for a while that Bradl can be Marquez’s stand-in ought to Honda want.
There have been rumours late final 12 months and at the beginning of 2021 linking Andrea Dovizioso – ousted from his Ducati seat on the finish of final season – may line up for Honda as Marquez’s stand-in at the beginning of the season.
Nevertheless, Honda finally put these rumours to mattress and confirmed Bradl would as soon as once more be its possibility.
Final week, Aprilia introduced it might run Dovizioso on its RS-GP at a personal three-day take a look at at Jerez on 12-14 April.