The next time injured reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez rides a MotoGP bike will be during opening practice for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

Marquez broke his lower right leg during a dirt track training accident last week, ruling him out of both this week's second pre-season test at Sepang and also the Phillip Island tyre test from March 3-5.

The Australian outing is only for the six factory team riders - from Honda, Yamaha and Ducati - who will then miss the usual pre-season testing finale in Qatar (March 7-9) as a result.

Having been ruled out of Phillip Island, Honda had asked about the possibility of switching Marquez to the Qatar test.

Rival factory teams are thought to have been concerned about the Spaniard getting test time at the season opening venue when they will not. However with Honda apparently now declaring Marquez as unfit until the first race it is not an issue.

Commenting on the need to accommodate an extra pre-season test, MotoGP race director Mike Webb stated:

"With the Phillip Island tyre problems last year, both Bridgestone and Dunlop [Moto2] needed to go testing. Bridgestone's position was that they really need the best guys on the best bikes to do the lap times.

"The solution reached, with agreement from everyone, is that the six factory bikes will go to Phillip Island instead of the Qatar test, so everyone has the same number of pre-season test days."

The new season starts at Losail from March 20-23.



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