Marquez back at Austin MotoGP after vision problem

PARIS: Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will be back at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin this weekend, his Honda team announced on Wednesday.

The Spaniard suffered from double vision after a serious crash in Indonesia last month and missed last week’s race in Argentina.

Marquez also suffered from diplopia, or double vision, at the end of last season.

“We have work to do after missing two races and the whole Argentinian weekend, so I’m not here to set a target at the moment,” he said.

“There are a lot of things to do and consider, but the important thing is that we are back on the bike this weekend. Marquez has won the Grand Prix d’Amérique seven times in his career, only missing out on victory in 2019 when he failed to complete the race.

“Of course I’m very happy to be back, it’s a great feeling to come back and especially to do it on one of my favorite circuits,” he added. “No matter the situation, I really love riding in Texas and I have some amazing memories there.”

The 29-year-old, who finished fifth in the first race of 2022 in Qatar, has struggled with a series of injuries in recent seasons.

He missed almost the entire 2020 campaign after breaking his right arm in the season-opening race.

Marquez also missed the first two Grands Prix last year before struggling to regain his best form on his return.

However, he won consecutive races before the first episode of diplopia. This season, Marquez is already 34 points behind early league leader Aleix Espargaro.

Posted in Dawn, April 7, 2022