Following a training accident, Marquez may miss the Algarve MotoGP round

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez will miss this weekend’s MotoGP Algarve Grand Prix in Portugal due to a concussion sustained during a training incident, according to Honda.

Marc Marquez

Marquez collided during an off-road training session last Saturday and suffered a concussion, according to a statement released by Honda on Tuesday afternoon.

He has been advised to miss this weekend’s penultimate race of the 2021 MotoGP season in Portugal because he is still experiencing pain.

Stefan Bradl will fill in for the Spanish rider in his sixth race of the season and third time racing in place of Marquez.

The brief statement from HRC read: “This past Saturday Marc Marquez, while preparing for the Algarve Grand Prix with one of his standard off-road training sessions, suffered a fall that caused a slight head concussion.

“After a few days of rest at home and seeing that he was still unwell, today Marquez has been assessed by doctors in a medical check-up to evaluate his current status.

“As a precautionary measure, this coming weekend Marquez will not contest the Algarve Grand Prix.”

Marquez’s return from an injury-forced hiatus from the COVID-delayed 2020 season, in which he badly fractured his right arm and required three surgery, took place in Portimao.

In the grand prix, the six-time MotoGP world champion finished sixth, the best result for any Honda rider at the time in 2021.

In 2021, Marquez has had difficulty regaining full health, notably in his right shoulder.

Marquez had a huge breakthrough on right-handed courses in the preceding Emilia Romagna GP, winning twice on anticlockwise circuits at the Sachsenring and the Circuit of the Americas, as well as placing second at Aragon.

Marquez looked set to finish a strong second in the Misano race after chasing behind Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia for the opening 22 circuits before Bagnaia’s late collision gifted the Honda rider his first win on a clockwise track since the 2019 Japanese GP at Motegi.

Marquez’s replacement, HRC test rider Stefan Bradl, is yet to be announced by Honda.

The Algarve GP, which takes place this weekend, will be MotoGP’s second visit to Portugal this season, after the Pacific flyaway events were canceled due to COVID-19.

Marquez, the top Honda rider in the standings, was just 33 points behind Suzuki’s Joan Mir and had a chance to take third.

However, this latest absence has ended these hopes. With that said, Marquez will still end 2021 as the top Honda rider.

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