Honda introduced on Monday that, following session from his medical doctors, Marquez would not stage his long-awaited MotoGP return in the season-opening Qatar double-header regardless of his accelerated coaching programme.
The six-time world champion was cleared to start driving bikes once more earlier this month and undertook two trackdays at Barcelona and the Algarve on a Honda RC213V-S, together with his response on social media main many to imagine he would begin the Qatar GP.
He’ll now return to motion on the Portuguese GP in mid-April on the earliest, present process a medical test on 12 April to see if his medical doctors will clear him.
Suzuki’s Mir was a type of who felt Marquez would return in Qatar, saying on Thursday at Losail: “Nicely, I’m shocked that Marc will not be right here as a result of I noticed him, he was testing with the road bike two occasions in two totally different tracks.
“So, I believed he was on the point of come right here in Qatar, and ultimately to listen to that for positive will not be constructive for him as a result of these two races are one thing he’ll want.
“He might want to restart once more, to see how feels with the MotoGP bike.
“However it is going to be tough for him to restart in Portimao after which to be sturdy in Portimao and battle for the championship.
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“However I feel he is aware of higher than anyone the way to experience a MotoGP bike and he will probably be sturdy quick.”
Mir’s Suzuki team-mate Alex Rins admitted he was “shocked” by the information, having seen Marquez coaching in his lodge in Qatar final week whereas he was within the nation for his COVID-19 vaccine.
Ducati’s Jack Miller, nonetheless, feels Marquez’s determination was a “no-brainer” as pushing your physique on a avenue bike on a trackday will not be the identical because the stresses of racing in MotoGP.
“I feel no one is aware of higher than Marc the struggles he’s gone by this previous 12 months, attempting to get again wholesome,” Miller mentioned.
“I imply if the medical doctors are advising him to not come right here and experience… there’s a giant distinction between driving a avenue bike after which coming right here and pushing on the razor’s edge each lap with 22 different guys round you.
“So, for me it’s a no brainer. He’ll be again, he’ll be sturdy.
“When that’s, it’s fully as much as him. As Joan says, for positive there’s some precious factors going away and I’m positive he’s not occupied with that at this time limit.
“He’s simply occupied with getting again on the motorbike.”
Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli echoed Miller’s ideas, including: “I used to be curious to see what he was going to do, and I feel he selected the safer path, fairly an clever selection.
“So, we look forward to him within the subsequent races. He is aware of when… properly, the medical doctors know when.”