MotoGP: Marc Marquez to miss Algarve Grand Prix with concussion

Concussion excluded Marc Marquez from the Algarve Grand Prix


Marc Marquez will not compete in the Algarve Grand Prix this weekend in Portimao after suffering a concussion in a training accident.

The Repsol Honda rider was diagnosed with “a mild concussion” after falling during off-road training last Saturday. As a result, due to health and safety protocol, Marquez will not be able to race in Portugal.

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“Last Saturday Marc Marquez, as he was preparing for the Algarve Grand Prix with one of his standard off-road workouts, suffered a fall which caused a slight concussion,” said the HRC press release today.

“After a few days of rest at home and seeing that he was still not well, today Marquez was evaluated by doctors during a medical examination to assess his current condition. As a precaution, this week next, Marquez will not be contesting the Algarve Grand Prix. “

Portimao is one of only two circuits where Marquez has not won a race, alongside the Red Bull Ring, but he would have been considered a favorite after winning the last two MotoGP races.

Marquez continued his dominance on the Circuit of the Americas, before benefiting from the fall of Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia at Misano. The five-time premier class champion is currently sixth in the championship with 142 points, seven behind fifth-placed Miller.

Although he missed the first two races, to continue his extensive recovery program after slowing his right humerus in 2020, and having suffered four retirements, Marquez will always end the season at the top Honda rider – further emphasizing his self-confidence. Ironically, Marquez made his return to Portimao earlier in the year, finishing the race in seventh – the best result of the year for Honda at the time.

With the season finale at Valencia just a week away, it remains to be seen whether Marquez will receive the green light from medics to compete so soon after a concussion.

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