Despite walking away from this fall unscathed, the Spaniard did himself more damage when out cycling with his brother Alex on Tuesday, breaking his left hand after coming off his bike.
“While out training with brother Alex Marquez on their bicycles on Tuesday, Marc Marquez suffered a fall resulting in a broken fifth metacarpal on his left hand,” a statement on the MotoGP website reads.
“The Repsol Honda rider immediately went for surgery with Dr. Xavier Mir in Barcelona. The operation was successful and Marquez will fly to the Japan for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan as scheduled. He will undergo further checks in the build up to the race.”
Marquez has since been released from hospital and is currently undergoing rehabilitation ahead of the next race at Motegi, Japan next weekend.
With four races remaining, the Honda rider trails championship leader Valentino Rossi by 79 points, meaning that unless he can beat the Italian at Motegi, he will mathematically be out of contention for the title.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.