The six-time world champion has been off the grid since May’s Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, with 2020 set to take a break for a fourth major operation on his badly broken right hand.
The operation was successful and the recovery is going well, Marquez will be there to help the Honda team at the Austrian GP this weekend.
Speaking to the media for the first time since the operation on Thursday, Marquez said he will undergo a crucial test next week where doctors will determine the next stage of his rehabilitation.
And when he says he expects to be able to return to riding, Marquez – whose aim is to race again this year – says: “I feel like I can ride a MotoGP bike more or less”.
“It’s true that I didn’t move my arm for the first six weeks after the operation,” he said of his recovery.
“In the first six weeks, the doctors – and I completely agree – went in a conservative way, trying to take care of everything and if we need to take one more week. [to recover] Then it’s better than being too good.
“I was completely sidelined for the first six weeks, then the next two weeks I started moving my arm through physio.
“And then for the last four weeks from that point, I started working a little bit with rubber. Now I’m starting to gain a little weight [in my training]But until next week when the doctor checks me, they will decide if I will be allowed to push more.
“And if you’ll let me push further, then we’ll work out a plan and figure out when I’ll be back.
“I do not know [when]. One thing is bone, the other thing is muscle.
“I know how important this restoration is, and if I have to wait one more week, I will.
“It’s true that I will come back when I feel 70%, 80%, more or less able to ride a MotoGP bike because the last part of the recovery is the best way to be on the bike. . You can’t wait to be 100% before riding a bike.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
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Marquez is back with Honda this weekend because he feels he has lost a lot of contact with what happened in the team last time.
This is largely driven by Honda’s poor results this year, with a troubled motorcycle yet to add to Pol Espargaro’s Qatar podium.
Asked what needs to change in the team looking ahead to 2023, Marquez believes it’s a “concept” that Honda is working on recently.
“We always say and when I say team, it’s not people – it’s a concept, the concept of the team,” he says.
“We are seeing that the European teams are working differently, we are seeing that Honda is doing more – more than ever.
You’re working, the budget is there and you can’t say, ‘No, you’re not going to do anything.’
“They are working. But when I see changes in the team, the concept, the coordination, trying to find the way.
“I am not one to say, ‘This is the way.’ Because Honda is a brand that has won many titles in the world and I am here with Honda because I believe in them and I believe that I can return to the team. Top with them.
But it is true that the more racing we do, the less testing we do, the factory work becomes more important than the circuit, so they need to understand the proper way to organize. But the district needs to work more closely with the factory.