MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has broken his arm in the first round

The reigning MotoGP World Champion, Marc Marquez of the Repsol Honda Team has been diagnosed with a fractured right humerus. The injury was the result of a horrific highside just a four laps away from the checkered flag at the 2020 Gran Premio Red Bull de España.

The race-ending crash came after Marquez nearly lost it earlier in the race, only to save it at the last second. After the near accident, Marquez pushed hard to get back into third place. Unfortunately, that’s when the accident happened.

The eight-time World Champion was immediately taken to the track’s medical center for diagnosis. MotoGP Traumatology Specialist, Dr. Mir, diagnosed it as a completely fractured humerus.

“Marc Marquez has suffered an injury, it seems, from a direct impact of the tire to the right arm, resulting in a fracture to the shaft of the humerus, a complete fracture although it isn’t completely displaced, with some possible paralysis of the radial nerve, although we’re not certain. This injury has been immobilized here for when they decide to move him to Barcelona to carry out a definitive treatment,” said Dr. Mir.

“Dr. Mir will leave for Barcelona to proceed with treatment… to surgically treat the humerus,” said MotoGP Medical Director, Dr. Charte. “We can’t say in any absolute terms if he will be at… Brno or Austria.”

Marquez hopes to be able to return for the Czech Grand Prix at the start of August. However, Dr. Mir believes it could take a further three to four weeks if he has damaged the radial nerve.

The Honda rider will travel to Barcelona on Monday to have an operation today, July 21, 2020. His team, Repsol Honda, will not be fielding a replacement. This leaves Marc's brother, Alex, as the sole Repsol Honda entry for the Andalusia race.