Defending MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has added to the injury woes currently blighting the Honda Repsol team in 2015 by fracturing his little finger in a dirt bike accident.
Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, has missed the last two races of the year after undergoing surgery to help resolve a recurring arm injury, but still faces several weeks on the sidelines.
On Saturday, the Repsol Honda team confirmed that Marquez required surgery following an accident while testing on a dirt track after fracturing the little finger on his left hand.
“Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has been successfully operated on this afternoon by Dr. Xavier Mir, Head of the Unit for Hand and Upper Extremities Pathology at the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus in Barcelona,” the team said.
As per Dr. Mir, Marquez had “attended the casualty department of the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus having suffered a crash in training this morning.
“The patient presented a deformity to the little finger of his left hand and a subsequent X-Ray showed a fracture of the proximal phalanx, with displacement.
“Therefore, we decided to treat the injury -as we would in the case of any other patient- by fixing a titanium plate to his finger. This will allow us to initiate functional recovery after 24 hours and give him a chance of racing at Jerez.”
The team said that “[Marquez’s] participation in the Spanish Grand Prix has not been ruled out”, suggesting that there is still some doubt over his involvement in the race at the Circuito de Jerez in one week’s time.