MotoGP: Marquez to race injured in Jerez, Pedrosa still out

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Repsol Honda has confirmed that two-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez will race in this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix despite breaking his finger whilst riding dirt bikes last week.

Marquez required surgery to fix a fracture in his little finger last week, and was in doubt for his home race at Jerez on Sunday.

However, in a statement issued earlier this week, Repsol Honda confirmed that the Spaniard would be racing after doctors gave a positive update on his injury.

“The Repsol Honda rider was operated on Saturday afternoon to treat fracture to little finger of left hand, suffered while training dirt track, and had a further check-up this afternoon [Tuesday] with doctors reporting positively,” a statement read.

Marquez’s injury marked a second setback for the team in the past month following Dani Pedrosa’s injury at the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix. Due to an arm pump injury, the Spaniard required surgery and was given a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Despite hoping that he would be able to return in Jerez, Honda said that Pedrosa will not be racing this weekend, with his earliest return coming at Le Mans’ Circuit de la Sarthe next month.

“The team were hoping to be boosted by the return of Dani Pedrosa, who underwent surgery after the Qatar GP and missed Austin and Argentina GPs,” the statement read.

“After three weeks of recovery Dani is feeling an improvement but together with doctors has decided to rest until Le Mans on 17th May to give his arm more time to heal.

“Hiroshi Aoyama will replace Dani for the third race in a row.”