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November 2nd, 2021, 01:10 PM   #1
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2021 - Algarve Grand Prix in Portugal

Looks like Marquez has been sidelined for this weekend's race. He suffered a concussion during an off-road training accident while preparing for this weekend's race. He is apparently still unwell and advised to sit the weekend out.

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Ugh, he needs to stop hurting himself...

Still, it wasn't his arm or shoulder he hurt and he's concentrating on getting back to full fitness so it's as well he misses this weekend and not make anything worse.

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Ugh, he needs to stop hurting himself...

Still, it wasn't his arm or shoulder he hurt and he's concentrating on getting back to full fitness so it's as well he misses this weekend and not make anything worse.

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My thought precisely. Absolutely he does. He isn’t winning multiple further titles if he keeps doing this. Iirc he previously sustained a significant shoulder injury in off track training as well. He has been showing signs of being able to hold it together in races as was his previous wont but he can’t keep doing this kind of thing in training and practice; he just isn’t 21 anymore.
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I wouldn't be surprised if we have seen the last of Marquez in 2021.

Take the rest and arrive fresh and as near 100% for the first test on the 2022 bike.
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My thought precisely. Absolutely he does. He isn’t winning multiple further titles if he keeps doing this. Iirc he previously sustained a significant shoulder injury in off track training as well. He has been showing signs of being able to hold it together in races as was his previous wont but he can’t keep doing this kind of thing in training and practice; he just isn’t 21 anymore.
In his defence it seems nearly every rider gets hurt doing off-road training for GP racing.
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I wouldn't be surprised if we have seen the last of Marquez in 2021.

Take the rest and arrive fresh and as near 100% for the first test on the 2022 bike.
I get the feeling from Marc that he has unfinished business. I expect to see him on the grid next season.
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A lot of riders have unfinished business. Not all of them are equipped to deal with it. Especially if they fall down a lot.

With his arm break completely healed a while ago and a lot of the season under his belt, we should have seen the “real” Marquez by now.

I have the feeling we may not see that Marquez again. Not to say he won’t win races and titles, that’s still possible.
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A lot of riders have unfinished business. Not all of them are equipped to deal with it. Especially if they fall down a lot.

With his arm break completely healed a while ago and a lot of the season under his belt, we should have seen the “real” Marquez by now.

I have the feeling we may not see that Marquez again. Not to say he won’t win races and titles, that’s still possible.
I think you may be underestimating just how long the recovery will be given all the complications but he is certainly getting close. The bike managed to get worse in his absence as well so that was a hindrance to his return. It's easy to forget that he was still ruled out at the beginning of this year. 6 months in sport is a long time but in recovery from a career threatening injury due to complications etc. it really isn't all that long. Unfortunately for all of us humans it takes longer to build up muscle and fitness etc after an injury than it does to lose it. He's still won more races than everyone bar Fabio at this stage of the calendar and really should have won in France (I think) if not for a stupid mistake.
On the current projection of his improvement he should be in with a good chance next year. As long as Honda improves I dare say he would be the favourite.

Whether he will return to the complete dominance he showed before as you have said is in all likelihood not going to happen. I have a hard time saying it won't because the rules were such from 2016 that no one was supposed to be able to dominate the field. But that still happened. He dominated like the greats before him without most if not all of the mechanical advantages they had. I would be shocked if he doesn't win at least one more title, I wouldn't be shocked if he went on a run of consecutive titles. I would be surprised if he was able to dominate like he did in 2019 again though.
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I think Marc is sensibly being really cautious now and not daring to risk anything after a significant injury. He did so with his arm and ended up with two additional operations and being sidelined for a year. So if medical advice hints at taking it easy, he will. Why push it after what he had just been through?

He has won races this year that no other rider on the same bike has managed to come even close to doing. He is therefore still very capable to compete at the front and get very good results. Whether or not he’ll be able to win championships is yet to be seen although further success at this wouldn’t surprise me.
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The MotoGP boys (Matt Birt & Steve Day) were talking about if there isn't more to the story of Marc's training accident / slight concussion. They said there is word going around Marc may miss Valencia as well.


On another note, they put a shoulder cam on Rins' left shoulder. It gets really amazing footage.
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