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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 2 months ago

Latest post of the previous page:

Sensational new claim over Marquez arm injury

It seems Marc might have been telling a few porkies as to how he 'really' re-injured his arm and broke the plate he had inserted after his early comeback attempt. The syry Marc gave was he re-injured it at home opening a window. Now Honda is opening an investigation into suggestions he damaged it pissing around on a trail bike at home.

It sort of reminds me of back in the mid noughties when Montoya allegedly had a tennis injury that led to him missing a couple of races was later suggested to have been falling of a Harley and nothing to do with tennis. I think soon after that the limited future of Montoya at McLaren became apparent.
Honda is investigating whether or not Marc Marquez actually broke the plate in his already injured arm while riding a bike, according to a prominent MotoGP rider manager.

Marquez has now had three operations on his broken right humerus (upper arm) after a shocking crash in the first race of the 2020 season, and is likely to miss at least the start of the upcoming campaign.

The second of those procedures occurred just 13 days after the first, and was necessary due to damage to the titanium plate which was originally inserted.

While Marquez rode at the second Jerez event during that 13-day span, an endeavour he called off after qualifying, Repsol Honda Team Manager Alberto Puig said the plate had been broken while “trying to open a window” (or door, as he later corrected himself), at home.

Almost six months on from the second operation and Puig’s subsequent explanation, doubts have now been raised about that version of events.

Carlo Pernat, in the most recent of his regular commentary segments with Italian outlet GPOne.com, claims that there is suspicion about the truthfulness of the world champion’s claims.

“Honda is investigating Marquez’s credibility, not the decision of the doctors,” he stated.

“Let me explain. They’re investigating the truth of that door episode, because the problem might not have stemmed from there.

“I think Marc got on a bike and Honda didn’t know it.”

Honda and the medical staff involved have come in for criticism for their management of the matter as Marquez’s time on the sidelines continues.

At the time of the window/door revelation, however, Puig claimed that Marquez would not have been allowed to ride his RC213V again at Jerez if the plate break was a known possibility.

“It was a domestic accident this time because he was trying to open a window and he suddenly felt a lot of pain and later we could see that the plate was broken,” said Puig, himself a former rider.

“This is caused after all the stress that he had in the arm, but as you know we went to Jerez with conviction that we could do it.

“The doctors were OK [for him] to do it and they never informed us that the plate could have broken.

“If we had this info, probably he wouldn’t have gone to Jerez, Honda will not have given him the chance to ride.”

Marquez has been a regular on the operating table in recent years, including for surgery to address the regular dislocations of his left shoulder during the 2018/19 off-season.

In a pre-season testing preview released by Honda Racing Corporation itself during that recovery phase, it was said that Marquez’s physiotherapist had ordered his bikes be dismantled to prevent him from attempting to ride before the shoulder had sufficiently healed.

Of late, Honda has been far from forthcoming with updates on its superstar, although it did report his progress to be “satisfactory” upon a six-week check-up for the third arm operation.

That procedure was undertaken due to the discovery of pseudarthrosis (also known as a ‘non-union’ or ‘false joint’), and took place after Marquez had missed the balance of the season following his unsuccessful return at the second Jerez round.

Adding to the stakes is that the 27-year-old is now embarking on four-year contract, as announced in February 2020.

Pernat, who is known for his outspoken commentary, currently manages 2020 Moto2 champion and new Esponsorama Racing rider Enea Bastianini.
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At the end of the day it is a bit irrelevant as to how he compounded the injury. It is not likely to speed up his recovery knowing.
Of course something like this is more likely to interfere with the trust of Honda of Marc in future things than his actual comeback. But is this sort of issue just one of those things that happens with elite sportsman of all sports.

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 2 months ago

Gresini continues to improve

Good to finally report some better news re Fausto Gresini, recovering from Covid since Christmas, although he still remains on a ventilator and is in ICU at Bologna’s Maggiore Carlo Alberto Pizzardi hospital.

A statement from Dr Nicola Cilloni read,
“Fausto’s clinical condition slowly continues to improve.

“For more than a week now without fever, rehabilitation is making progress every day, even if the path ahead is still long.

“He is still helped by the breathing machine, but he is also working on it, trying to recover the strength to do it alone.

“He manages to make videocalls and to be seen by Nadia [wife].

“The next steps will be the functional recovery of breathing and nutrition.”

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Post by Antonov » 2 months ago

obviously the road ahead is a long one, but I wish him a full recovery from this nasty disease.

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Post by Vassago » 2 months ago

Major fire at the Rio Hondo track. Probably won't affect the Grand Prix unless covid...

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 2 months ago

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Major fire at the Rio Hondo track. Probably won't affect the Grand Prix unless covid...

https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/news/ ... o/5348614/
Well, they have not actually got a revised date for Argentina have they? They might be able to rebuild the pits area at least, as it seems it was all well insured. Bung in a couple of Porta-cabins for race control, and ready to go.

It doesnt matter at this stage about the destroyed VIP areas. Under Covid it is likely they wont have people there let alone VIPs.

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Quartararo confirms Covid

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Fabio Quartararo has revealed that he contracted COVID-19 shortly after the conclusion of the 2020 MotoGP season. He kept that under wraps until now, but good he seems to have recovered fully.
“After catching COVID in December, I lose some physical condition but [it is] great to be back at my top level,” wrote Quartararo in Instagram.
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Gresini continues to improve.

Whilst talking of Covid and Moto GP it is good to report that Fausto Gresini continues to improve and is responding to treatment.

An encouraging update from his son, Lorenzo....:
“As of today we are officially back in the race, dad is awake!” he wrote on social media.

“The tests are stable as well as the oxygenation, the kidneys are recovering, he continues to be on antibiotics and has no fever, the lungs are not in good shape, but they give some positive signs.

“Obviously a serious and fragile situation remains. Updates will follow.”

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Post by John » 2 months ago

Oh yes
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Post by DoubleFart » 2 months ago

Well that was a weird launch from Yamaha. What was with the grid girls holding brollys?
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Gresini continues to improve.

Whilst talking of Covid and Moto GP it is good to report that Fausto Gresini continues to improve and is responding to treatment.

An encouraging update from his son, Lorenzo....:
“As of today we are officially back in the race, dad is awake!” he wrote on social media.

“The tests are stable as well as the oxygenation, the kidneys are recovering, he continues to be on antibiotics and has no fever, the lungs are not in good shape, but they give some positive signs.

“Obviously a serious and fragile situation remains. Updates will follow.”
Setback for Gresini.


It seems Fausta Gresini has had a reversal of the recent improvement and sadly is again in critical condition.
Some Italian websites have even been reporting of his having passed away. However very brief reports today from the team confirm he is still alive but not in a good place healthwise, being listed as 'extremely critical'.

Wish him all the best after such a long fight.

#keepfightingFausto

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Post by John » 1 month ago

Oh damn. :(
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Everso Biggyballies wrote:
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Everso Biggyballies wrote:
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Gresini continues to improve.

Whilst talking of Covid and Moto GP it is good to report that Fausto Gresini continues to improve and is responding to treatment.

An encouraging update from his son, Lorenzo....:
“As of today we are officially back in the race, dad is awake!” he wrote on social media.

“The tests are stable as well as the oxygenation, the kidneys are recovering, he continues to be on antibiotics and has no fever, the lungs are not in good shape, but they give some positive signs.

“Obviously a serious and fragile situation remains. Updates will follow.”
Setback for Gresini.


It seems Fausta Gresini has had a reversal of the recent improvement and sadly is again in critical condition.
Some Italian websites have even been reporting of his having passed away. However very brief reports today from the team confirm he is still alive but not in a good place healthwise, being listed as 'extremely critical'.

Wish him all the best after such a long fight.

#keepfightingFausto
It’s been a major press fuckup. Most top italian news and newspaper website gave the wrong notice.
Edit: unfortunately Fausto didn’t make it. The team announced his decease in twitter a while ago. Rip champion
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Post by Antonov » 1 month ago

Comes to show what a terrible disease this is.

RIP sir

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 1 month ago

I had a bad feeling about it after reading the confusion over his alleged passing earlier today.

So sad after such a long battle that until recently he was, it seemed, winning.

RIP Fausto Gresini.

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Post by John » 1 month ago

RIP Fausto. :(
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Post by Vassago » 1 month ago

Meanwhile Jack Miller and "title favorite" are back in the same sentence. Didn't he say this after Marquez's injury last season already? That didn't age well... Miller is always one crash too far from being considered a true championship favorite IMO.

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 1 month ago

Marquez confirmed OUT of the first two MotoGP races in Qatar.

Marquez as we know had targeted a return to MotoGP first race at Qatar. He did however say, that although he had been cleared to return to riding (motor) bikes for light training he would be only returning to race if the doctors gave their blessing and felt that he would be safe from further damage to his still recovering arm. Marquez has been in action in Barcelona and at the Algarve Circuit in Portugal riding an RC213V-S Honda track bike over the past week having stepped up his training.However despite his hopes, Honda have today confirmed he will not contest either of the first two races. He will undergo a further medical check-up on 12 April according to Honda, which also rules him out of the Doha GP in Qatar next weekend.

Marquez revealed this on social media.
"After the last check-up with the medical team, they have advised me not to participate in the two Qatar races so we will continue with the recovery to return to compete as soon as possible,” he wrote on Instagram.
Marquez’s arm started to show signs of proper recovery following his third operation, with the Honda rider cleared to begin training with bikes again earlier this month.

Despite this, doctors have advised him against racing in this weekend’s opening round of the 2021 campaign in Qatar.
“After the last review with the medical team, the doctors have advised me that the most prudent thing was not to take part in the Qatar Grand Prix and to continue with the recovery plan that we have followed in recent weeks,”
“I would have loved to be able to participate in the opening race of the world championship, but we will have to continue working to be able to recover the optimal conditions that allow us to return to competition.”
Marquez’s doctors’ decision to advise against racing in Qatar was motivated by a desire to avoid putting strain on the still-recovering humerus through “intense competition” following such a length period of inactivity.
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Though Honda is yet to confirm MM's replacement, his place will likely taken by HRC test rider Stefan Bradl

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