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MotoGP: Marc Marquez in doubt for Jerez after finger surgery?

"This will allow us to initiate functional recovery after 24 hours and give [Marc Marquez] a chance of racing at Jerez"
UPDATE: Marquez tweets post-surgery picture. See below...

Reigning double MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has undergone surgery after fracturing his left little finger in a dirt track training accident.

As a result the Repsol Honda star, already 30 points from Valentino Rossi after their dramatic clash in Argentina, is yet to be confirmed for next weekend's Jerez race.

A statement from Repsol Honda said only that Marquez's participation in the Spanish Grand Prix "has not been ruled out".

Surgery was carried out by Dr. Xavier Mir, Head of the Unit for Hand and Upper Extremities Pathology at the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus in Barcelona, on Saturday afternoon.

Dr Mir said that Marquez had “attended the casualty department of the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus having suffered a crash in training this [Saturday] morning.

"The patient presented a deformity to the little finger of his left hand and a subsequent X-Ray showed a fracture of the proximal phalanx, with displacement.

"Therefore, we decided to treat the injury - as we would in the case of any other patient - by fixing a titanium plate to his finger.

"This will allow us to initiate functional recovery after 24 hours and give him a chance of racing at Jerez.”

Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa is also yet to be confirmed for Jerez, round 4 of 18, having undergone arm-pump surgery after the Qatar season opener.

Honda turned down retired double champion Casey Stoner's offer to replace Pedrosa, instead calling upon Hiroshi Aoyama.

Marquez missed most of 2014 pre-season testing after breaking his leg in a dirt track accident, but still won the opening ten races.

The young Spaniard's start to 2015 has been less successful. A turn one mistake forced a last-to-fifth ride in Qatar, followed by victory in Texas then the DNF in Argentina.

“There are lots of things that make me feel very optimistic," Marquez had said just a few days ago.

"For one, I could have won all three races so far... Secondly, in 2013 after the first six races, Dani was leading the standings, Jorge was second and I was third, 30 points behind Dani, and I still went on to win the title.”

Marquez fractured his right little finger (and a toe) during practice at Assen in 2013, but still finished second in the race. However that finger injury did not require surgery.

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April 26, 2015 11:03 AM

Was getting bored this weekend, bad weather... cant go for a ride, no motgp, no sbk, no f1 (not a big fan but hey when there is nothing to watch it will do)... and then i came here. :) well well well its getting interesting isn't it... Rossi in the form of his life and the golden boy of motogp in a bit of pressure. It doesn't look like a cake walk like last year. He is feeling it. And Rossi doing what he does best... The one thing that separates Rossi from every body else is the pressure ... it never gets to him. Even on those 2 disastrous years he was just doing the best he could without worrying about what the others were doing. He did his best even when he raced for like 6,7 or 8th position. Hats off to the man. A true racer the race wins and championships are just a by product of his attitude and passion for the sport.

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