Marc Marquez seventh in return from arm injury in MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix


Marc Marquez finished seventh in his return from injury to the MotoGP series in the Portuguese Grand Prix in a field of 21 riders – and he could not have been happier. This is only the fifth time in a 130-race MotoGP career that he has finished worse than sixth.

Marquez was set to defend his 2019 championship last July when he crashed twice in the season opener. He recovered from the first incident and was challenging for a podium finish when the second accident shattered his right arm. In fact, Marquez was set to defend the last four championships at this level. He has six MotoGP titles to his credit and a second-place finish in the points in seven seasons.

A successful surgery fueled speculation that he might still be able to compete last year in a season delayed and shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, but further evaluation necessitated a second surgery and the loss of the remaining races.

Finally, Marquez was able to race in the Portuguese Grand Prix. He admitted to being a little rusty and uncomfortable in the opening stages of the race, but when the checkers waved, he was riding comfortably.

“When I felt better was in the mid part of the race when I was alone,” Marquez said after the race. “I was riding. In the first part of the race I felt like when you’re playing in school with the big guys that you don’t know (and) where they are much better than you.

“That is what I felt at the first part of the race.”

For his seventh-place finish, Marquez earned nine points. He trails points’ leader Fabio Quartararo by 52 points and sits 14th in the standings. But that was not the most important takeaway from the race.

“Just to finish the race – doesn’t matter the position – but to finish on the lead lap, 15 seconds behind the lead rider was something impossible to dream,” Marquez said.

Marquez was actually 13 seconds behind the winner Quartararo – in a safe bubble. Aleix Espargaro was five seconds ahead of him and just under five seconds back lay his brother Alex Marquez.

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It took a few laps for Marc Marquez to feel comfortable in traffic after missing nearly all of 2020, but he was happy with a seventh-place finish. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

“It was a mix of emotions this weekend,” Marquez said. “A lot of emotions this weekend.

“When I arrived in the box, I exploded. I’m a person who likes to keep everything inside, but I wasn’t able to control. I had something inside I needed to take care of. During this time I felt a lot of support from everyone, Honda, my family and friends.

“Of course I suffered. I didn’t enjoy (the race), but it was the most important step for my recovery.”

Marquez hinted that fans should not expect miracles.

While his arm injury has healed sufficiently to allow him to race, doctors do not want him practicing between rounds so that it can heal completely.

The next race will be held on Marquez’s native track at Circuito de Jerez in Andalusia, Spain. Marquez will be able to stay close to home with Round 5 being hosted in LeMans, France and Round 6 at the Mugello Circuit in Italy.

And then Marquez will return to Spain for MotoGP Round 7 at Catalunya in Barcelona in June, giving him something to work toward even in the majority of his practice comes in race conditions.

“Now it’s important to take a rest,” Marquez said. “I’m in a difficult period because I’m able to race, but at home I need to take a rest. I cannot train on another bike. This is what is from the doctors and these next two months will be like this. Just riding race by race, then home to take a rest. The body is okay, but I cannot extend too much.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Houston


Eli Tomac led all 23 laps of the Monster Energy Supercross race at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and the results show he now has three wins in the season and is one shy of tying Ricky Carmichael’s 48 for third on the all-time list. With this win, he takes a seven point lead in the standings with 12 rounds remaining.

For Tomac at Houston, it was literally a tale of two races. Both his heat and the main started the same with Tomac grabbing the holeshot, but he was passed quickly by Chase Sexton in the heat. Tomac faded quickly after getting passed and was trailing by almost eight seconds at the checkered flag, which caused him to retreat to the hauler and reassess his lines. Without making any adjustments to the bike, Tomac entered the Main with a new attitude, and simply rode better.

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Chase Sexton played it safe in the sand, but he was aggressive in every other turn. – Feld Motor Sports

Sexton had so great a lead in his heat that one could not even use the cliche that he left Tomac in his dust. By the time the rider with the No. 1 plate crossed the same real estate as the No. 23, the dust was well settled. Sexton had a modest start on the initial gate drop and ended Lap 1 in fourth. He worked his way past Aaron Plessinger on Lap 3 and got around Jason Anderson three laps later. Sexton was able to catch Tomac and pressure him, but he picked a safe, i.e. slow line through the sand section and could never get alongside his rival.

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After starting the season with back-to-back seventh-place finishes, Anderson now has a pair of podiums. He won his heat and was easily one of the top three riders in the field, ultimately finishing behind the riders who finished 1-2 in the other preliminary. Anderson was subdued on the podium – happy he was there, but disappointed he has not yet found a way around the riders he is chasing in the points.

In the early stages of the race, Plessinger appeared to have a bike capable of winning. He pressured Tomac on the first two laps and was setting up the pass just as a red flag waved for an injury to Dylan Ferrandis that brought out a red flag. He lost second to Anderson on the restart and eventually slipped to fourth to score his first top-five of the season.

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Cooper Webb rounded out the top five. Along with Sexton, he is now one of just two riders with a sweep of that mark in 2023, but with Tomac’s three wins, he is beginning to slip in the points. Webb sits third in the standings, 12 points behind the leader.

Ken Roczen entered the race as the third rider with a sweep of the top five and progressively better results in the first three races of 2023. Had the pattern held, he would have finished at least second, but he struggled for most of the night, finishing fifth in his heat and eighth in the Main. There may have been extenuating circumstances, however. Ferrandis’ injury was suffered when he landed on the back of Roczen’s bike and potentially damaged the No. 94 Suzuki.

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The 250 East division made their 2023 debut in Houston, but the name atop the board was familiar. Hunter Lawrence joined his brother Jett Lawrence as the early points’ leader in their respective divisions, but it didn’t come without a little anxiety.

Riding behind Supercross newbie Tom Vialle on the second lap, Lawrence was forced to take evasive action when the leader pitched his bike sideways to scrub speed over a jump. Lawrence veered left and landed off course, but he cleared the Tuff Blox and kept his bike straight. Lawrence made the pass for the lead on Lap 18 and never relinquished it.

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In his first attempt on a 250, Max Anstie ascended to the podium. – Feld Motor Sports

England’s Max Anstie made the move from 450s to 250s this year after scoring a best result of 11th on the big bike at Anaheim 2 last year. It didn’t take anytime at all to find the front for Anstie, who finished second in both his heat and main.

It has been a while since Jordon Smith stood on the podium: February 23, 2019 to be exact when he finished that well in Detroit. A series of injuries kept him off the bike for much of 2020 and 2021, but he’s proving to be a factor when he’s healthy.

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There was a lot of hype surrounding the debut of Haiden Deegan in the 250 class and he proved it was merited. He finished fourth in his heat and main. He was as far down as ninth at one point in the feature before slowly picking off riders on his way to the front.

Jeremy Martin finished fifth and now has a streak of three consecutive top-fives to his credit stretching back to last year. Unfortunately, his pair of strong runs in 2022 were interrupted by injury.

Making impressive debuts in the 250 division, Vialle recovered from a fall to finish seventh, Chance Hymas finished eighth, and Talon Hawkins just missed the top 10 with an 11th.

2023 Results

Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s