The legendary Le Mans circuit will host the fifth round of the 2023 MotoGP season, with Marc Márquez‘ comeback taking centre stage.
After consultation with three different medical teams, all those involved are satisfied with the healing of his hand injury and the Repsol Honda Team rider will take part in the French Grand Prix.
The main objective for the weekend will be to get back up to speed and pick up where he left off in his work with the Honda RC213V. The circuit has seen the Spaniard take victory three times in MotoGP.
Ignacio Roger de Oña, Hand and reconstructive microsurgery at Ruber Internacional:
“Today, the follow-up consultation was conducted with patient Marc Márquez, who is undergoing treatment for a fracture in the base of the first metacarpal. After an evaluation of his clinical situation and a review of his X-rays and CT scans, a significant improvement in the consolidation of the fracture has been observed. Based on the evaluation results, the three medical team that followed the case have determined that the patient is able to return to competing in MotoGP this week.”
Joan Mir will continue working to improve his performance onboard his Honda. At the legendary French circuit, Mir holds a victory from 2017 in Moto3 and a third place from 2018 -in his first season as a Moto2 rider.
“I am really happy to be back with the Repsol Honda Team, about to ride my bike again. First of all I want to thank my medical team for their professionalism and advice over the past few weeks. Of course as a rider you always want to be back as soon as possible, but with an injury like this it was really important to allow it to heal. Now I am here and fully focused on riding, I have no worries about the injury since it’s fully healed. Let’s see what the French GP brings and most importantly, work to our maximum.”
“Arriving in France, we come with an open mind. We had a busy Monday test where we were able to try some things, especially working on the base setting of the bike. I am hoping that we will be able to take profit of this during the weekend. The French GP always has the extra element of the weather, often it is cold or raining. At the moment it looks a bit colder, but these cooler conditions seem to suit us better this year, so we are aiming to make the most of the situation we have. No matter what, we keep working together.”