Marc Marquez Is Cleared To Race In MotoGP This Year So Gird Your Loins
The 6-time MotoGP champ will be back in action come the Portugal round
Oh lawd, he comin' back: Marc Marquez, the seemingly inevitable Newtype that has been running away with win after win in MotoGP, will make his return in the 2021 season after his long fight with injury incurred last year.
The impact from Marc's high-side (shown above) in Jerez back in 2020 basically pulverized his upper right arm, and the ordeal concerning his post-surgery recovery meant that Marquez was out of action the rest of the way, leading to a shock new champion in Joan Mir and the Suzuki team.
But doctors have officially cleared Marquez to race next weekend in Portimao, which means the rising stars that made a name for themselves last year are about to face the most dominant rider of the later 2010s, though Marc's capacity to actually challenge the likes of points leader Johann Zarco and race winners Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales (as well as other Ducati runners who are enjoying insane straight-line grunt this year) remains to be seen.
Beyond the short-term, it'd be interesting to see how Marquez will hold up in this long calendar, and whether or not he'll go limit-testing as usual or hold back for a while. After all, Marquez has been into some big hits throughout his career, so a win so soon after recovery will be a bit of a shock.
If it helps, here's Marc in Estoril, back when he was blitzing everyone on 125cc bikes. I would hazard against betting it all on Marquez for now, but I won't blame you if you do -- because I reckon he's going to take over sooner than wwe anticipate.