Marc Marquez will miss next MotoGP race after second arm surgery

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Defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is out of Sunday’s Czech Republic Grand Prix at the Automotodrom Brno circuit after surgery to repair a damaged titanium plate in his right arm.

Marquez underwent surgery Monday on the arm, which was fractured during a crash in the season opener July 19 at Jerez. The plate attached to his repaired right humerus became damaged because of stress accumulation.

The Repsol Honda Team announced in a release Tuesday that Stefan Bradl will ride the Honda RC213V with MotoGP rider Marc Marquez out at Brno. Bradl will be teamed with Alex Marquez, Marc’s younger brother.

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“After undergoing a second operation on his injured right arm, Marc Marquez and HRC have decided that the World Champion will not ride in the Czech Republic in order for him to recover more,” the Repsol Honda Team said in a release. “In his place, HRC test rider Stefan Bradl will mount the Honda RC213V. In 2019 the former Moto2 World Champion competed in four MotoGP races with a best finish of 10th at the German GP. Bradl has claimed three top ten finishes at Brno from his seven starts in the MotoGP class and only once missed out on points.”

Alex Marquez has finished in the top five of every start he has made as a GP rider at Brno since 2013.

Marc Marquez will remain in the hospital through at least Wednesday while recuperating from his second surgery. Dr. Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery Monday, said a timeline for recovery likely would be known by then.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period,” Mir said in a release Monday. “He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”

Marc Marquez underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event at Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.