Is Marc Marquez returning to MotoGP in 2021? This is the million-dollar question in the pre-season paddock chatter right now. Since winning his first MotoGP crown as a rookie in 2013, the Spaniard has started each season as the favored title contender, if not the overwhelming favorite.
However after a crash injury sidelined him last year with a severely broken right arm, his recovery has been complicated.
Marquez has undergone three surgeries since the original fracture, suffered in last July’s Jerez season-opener, and continues to require antibiotic treatment for an infection that prevented the bone from healing. His recent six-week post-surgery check was described as ‘satisfactory’ but little else is known.
MotoGP testing is due to be held in Qatar next month, followed by a pair of night races at the same Losail circuit.
There’s no doubt the 2020 season benefitted from a Marquez absence, who had dominated the series for so long. There were more race winners than we can remember in recent history and multiple contenders for the title. Truth be told, it was one of the best seasons in recent memory because there was no dominance. So, will Marquez be back, and if he does return will he still be the same rider? Stay tuned, it may be a last minute decision!