After suffering an injury that forced him to miss a number of races, Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez is getting ready to make his much anticipated comeback at the French Grand Prix. During the season’s first race, the Portuguese Grand Prix, on March 26, Marquez was involved in a collision with Miguel Oliveira of the RNF Aprilia team. The impact caused Marquez to fracture the base of his right thumb.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Marquez went to Madrid to have his thumb repaired by a surgeon to correct the damage it had sustained. As a direct consequence of this, he was unable to compete in the subsequent Grand Prix of Argentina. The eight-time world champion had initially planned to return for his home race in Spain at the end of April, but medical authorities recommended against it, saying that the pressure on his recuperating thumb could put his career in jeopardy. As a result, the eight-time world champion ultimately decided not to compete.

The eight-time champion of the entire world decided to withdraw from the Jerez round after receiving advice from three different health-related organisations. As a result, Honda recruited Iker Lecuona, a rider who had previously competed for Tech3 KTM, to take his position in the competition.

During the Portuguese Grand Prix, Marquez and Oliveira were involved in a crash.

Marquez has been provided with useful information during a recent CT scan, which he underwent after sitting out a number of races to allow his thumb to properly heal. The medical examination gave him the all-clear to compete again in the MotoGP series.

A further significant improvement is that the penalty that was given to Marquez for the collision that he was involved in with Oliveira at the beginning of the session will not have to be served. The penalty was meant to be served during the entirety of the Argentina GP; however, FIM stewards amended the terms of the long lap penalties so that they might apply to the future race that Marquez entered. Following the filing of an appeal by Honda based on legal considerations, the matter was transferred to the Courtroom of Attraction within the FIM.

The time that Marquez had already spent away from the track as a result of his injury was deemed to be sufficient punishment by the Court of Appeal, which resulted in the penalty for Marquez being overturned in the end.

Oliveira will not be participating in the French Grand Prix even though Marquez is getting ready to go back to work in the racing industry. In the course of the Spanish Grand Prix, the RNF Aprilia rider was involved in a collision with Fabio Quartararo, which resulted in the rider sustaining a fractured shoulder. Lorenzo Savadori, who is now an Aprilia check rider, will step in to take Oliveira’s spot in the workforce.