Injured world champion Marc Marquez returned to the MotoGP paddock in Barcelona on Thursday, marking the first time he has been back at a track since being forced to abandon an early comeback from a broken right arm at Jerez in July.

The Repsol Honda star had to undergo a second round of surgery, to replace a broken plate, soon after and recent medical estimates suggested Marquez could need a further two-to-three months on the sidelines.

But this weekend's local Barcelona round at least provided the chance for Marquez to see his team and machine again, before returning home to Cervera to continue his recovery.

“It has been great to come back to the MotoGP paddock and see my team and HRC again," Marquez said. "Of course, we have been speaking on the phone, but I have really missed them a lot and it was great to see them, but also my bike again!

"There was a part of me which certainly wanted to ride again, especially after sitting on the bike but now is the time to be patient.

"It was good to come here to speak not only with the team but also with Honda as we start to make a plan for 2021. I wish I was riding here at my home race with weekend, but I will enjoy watching it on TV instead.”

With LCR's Cal Crutchlow also battling injuries this season, Honda is yet to claim a podium finish so far in 2020.

Revised 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

5

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

 

30 August

  
 

6 September

  

6

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

7

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

8

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

4 October

  

9

11 October

France

Le Mans

10

18 October

Aragon

Aragon

11

25 October

Teruel

Aragon

 

1 November

  

12

8 November

Europe

Ricardo Tormo

13

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

14

22 November

Portugal

Portimao

MotoGP 2020: List of Cancelled events

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP class)

Losail

2

31 May

Italy

Mugello

3

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

4

28 June

Netherlands

Assen

5

12 July

Finland

KymiRing

6

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

7

4 October

Thailand

Buriram

8

18 October

Japan

Motegi

9

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

10

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

11

15 November

Americas

COTA

12

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

 

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