Marc Marquez following his debut with the Gresini Ducati, the six-time MotoGP champion underwent surgery to address "compartment syndrome," commonly known as "arm pump." This condition, leading to restricted blood flow and forearm pain, necessitated surgery on his right arm after the Valencia test. As Marquez elaborated on the challenges faced during the latter part of the racing season, the severity of his medical condition became apparent. This marks the fifth surgery on Marquez's right arm, with the preceding four addressing issues in the upper region, all stemming from complications arising from a fracture sustained during the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix.
In the Valencia tests of the 2024 MotoGP season, Marquez, riding for the first time with Team Gresini Ducati, swiftly secured a commendable fourth place. Despite contractual constraints limiting his ability to openly share his initial impressions, his performance strongly suggests a return as a formidable contender in the upcoming year.
MotoGP: Marc Marquez Explains His Arms' Condition
In a social media post, Marc Marquez said, "In the second half of the season, I have been suffering from Compartment syndrome in my right arm. We solved the problem this morning with Dr. Ignacio Roger de Oña and their team to be ready for 2024!"
Marquez previously underwent four rounds of surgery on his upper right arm, due to complications from a fracture at the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix.
MotoGP: Marc Marquez Gresini Ducati Debut
Shortly after his debut on the Ducati 2023-spec Desmosedici, Marc Marquez made a significant impact on the standings. Posting a remarkable time of 1:29.460, Marquez claimed the top spot, asserting his dominance with a lead of 0.250s over his competitors, just over 90 minutes into the session. However, as time dwindled, Maverick Viñales altered the narrative, securing the fastest time of 1:29.253 with just over an hour remaining.
Completing 49 laps before the winter break, Marquez concluded the day 0.171 seconds behind the leader. Despite this, his fourth-place finish, with Brad Binder of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing in second and Marco Bezzecchi of Mooney VR46 Racing Team in third, marked a commendable start to Marquez's new chapter in MotoGP. This outcome adds to the suspense and excitement, setting the stage for an intriguing racing season ahead.