The 8-time world champion missed the last two grands prix after suffering from diplopia.
Marc Marquez is set to make his MotoGP return at the Circuit of The Americas this coming weekend, one of his most successful tracks since its inaugural event in 2013 where he won as a rookie. The Spaniard has won every race there so far except for one, where he crashed out of the lead in 2019 and was unable to restart his bike, handing Alex Rins the victory.
After struggling with a string of injuries over the last two years, Marquez suffered yet another injury after crashing heavily in the Indonesian Grand Prix warm-up session, where he highsided out of a fast corner and was launched off his bike at high speed. He suffered a concussion and skipped the race to fly back to Spain for his recovery, but started experiencing vision problems during the flight and was eventually diagnosed with Diplopia, also known as double vision. He was also unfit for the last grand prix in Argentina, and was replaced by Honda test rider Stefan Bradl.
But Marquez’s recovery was progressing well according to the team, and he recently tested a Honda CBR600RR superbike, hinting a swift return to the GP grid. Honda eventually announced that doctors have cleared Marquez for a return to the upcoming Grand Prix in three days’ time.
“Doctors have cleared Marc Marquez for a return to Grand Prix competition after his fall in Warm Up at the Indonesian GP and subsequent diplopia diagnosis,” HRC stated.. “The Repsol Honda Team rider has completed his conservative treatment plan and is ready to return to action at Round 4, the Grand Prix of The Americas in Austin, Texas.”
Marquez had suffered from Diplopia multiple times throughout his career, the first time in 2011 during his Moto2 stint where he crashed in Sepang and damaged a nerve in his eye. The injury put his career in doubt, but he recovered and went on to dominate the next Moto2 season. He had also suffered the injury at the end of 2021 during a training accident, and was forced to sit out of the last two races of the season.
Marquez will return to one of his favorite circuits on the calendar in a bid to extend his successful record at the Texas track, as well as to try and return into title contention after a solid start to the season where he finished in the five after a brief battle for the podium.