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Japan MotoGP: Marquez's career was almost over in 2011

"They said maybe it will be okay for the future, maybe not, we cannot guarantee that you will ride a bike again" - Marc Marquez.
Four-time world champion Marc Marquez's career could have been over almost before it started, after suffering an eye injury that forced him to miss the end of his rookie season in the Moto2 World Championship.

Marquez, who wrapped up his second consecutive MotoGP title at Motegi in Japan, endured a worrying five months during which the 21-year-old was unsure whether or not he would ever be able to race a motorcycle again.

Doctors told the young Spaniard - who by then had won one title in the 125cc class - there was no guarantee the injury to his right eye would heal completely and Marquez admits it was the most difficult spell of his career to date.

“That moment was the most difficult moment in my career because it was a really long five months with that injury,” Marquez said.

“We visited six or seven different doctors to try to understand the injury. They also said maybe it will be okay for the future, maybe not, we cannot guarantee to you that you will ride a bike again.

“Always I kept a positive mentality, even though I tried one day to ride a motocross bike with the double vision, but it was impossible,” he added.

“After the [eye] operation I saw that it was getting better and better and thanks to that doctor that gave me the opportunity again to ride and enjoy my hobby.

“The lesson was that you need to enjoy the moment because you never know the future.”

Marquez suffered the eye problems after falling on an unmarked section of wet track during practice at Sepang.

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October 12, 2014 2:27 PM

TalentFan: I thought he picked that eye jnjury up in the crash when he t-boned Wilairot and badly injured the Thai rider while ignoring rules and flags and running at race pace when he should have been touring?
And as usual, you would be wrong when it comes to anything related to GP. You keep saying you are not a Marquez detractor, but it oozes out of every pore of your body. Quit trying to hide who you are, we know.


October 12, 2014 12:23 PM

Well, his eyes seem to be working just fine now. It would have been a great shame if he had to give up racing, but everyone usually ends up dealing with their share of hardship in life... I love that he calls it a "hobby"... I always thought hobbies were things that you pay to do! I'm pretty sure Honda pays him, and they'll pay him much more as his stellar career blooms. Good luck to him. Rossi thinks it was more impressive to win in his rookie year, but there was a bit of luck involved there. This year, his performance has been clinical. There is no question that he was the only rider that deserved to win based on performance. None of his rivals were injured, and he did not make any silly or dangerous moves - just a couple of mistakes in the last few races after the fight was finished. Big congrats!

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