Marc Marquez says he is motivated to compete in front of his home fans at Jerez this weekend despite suffering a broken finger in a training accident last weekend. The world champion fractured the little finger on his left hand while riding a dirt bike and while he doesn’t expect to be riding without comfort at Jerez, Marquez has promised to give everything to ensure he is competitive.
“I underwent another examination by Dr. Mir, and he confirmed that the wound is healing well and looking good. He took off the cast that they had put on and now I have begun to do some physiotherapy work with some active and passive movements. My finger will be checked at Jerez after every session and the bandages will be changed. I am very motivated for this Grand Prix, because it is the first of the year in Spain, there are my home fans there and I have some good memories from previous years! It’s a pity about the injury, but I hope that it doesn’t affect me too much and that I can get a great result in front of the fans.”
There had initially been hopes that Dani Pedrosa would make his return to Repsol Honda this weekend but after feeling uncomfortable while riding a supermotard bike, the Spaniard has chosen to sit this race out. His place will be taken once again by Hiroshi Aoyama and the HRC test rider is aiming to close the gap on the leaders after struggling in Argentina.
“I’m sorry for Dani that he is not able to return to racing this weekend at his home grand prix. Honda have asked me to substitute for him again and it’s an honour to do so. I have made some progression with the team during the Austin and Argentina race weekends and they have helped me a lot, so I hope we can make another step in Jerez! It’s a tight track on these big bikes but I’m looking forward to racing there with Repsol Honda.”