Marc Marquez Sidelined With Broken Leg

Current MotoGP world champion may miss rest of preseason testing.

Marc Marquez testing at Sepang earlier this month

MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez broke his right leg in a dirt-track crash Wednesday while training at a practice track near his home in Cervera. As a result of the injury, the 21-year-old Spaniard will be forced to skip next week’s second preseason test at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit and, possibly, the following one, scheduled for March 3–5, at Phillip Island in Australia.

According to a press release issued by his Repsol Honda team, Marquez suffered a "spiral fracture of the distal third of his right fibula." The fibula is the smaller of the two bones in the lower leg and is located on the lateral side of the tibia. Marquez was transported to Univeritario Quirón Dexeus Hospital in Barcelona, where he underwent a CT scan and an examination by Dr. Xavier Mir.

“Results showed no ligament damage or dislocation and no need to proceed with surgery,” Mir was quoted as saying. “I expect he will need three to four weeks to fully recover.” Marquez added, “It was a really unfortunate accident that could happen to anyone at any time. Thankfully, there was no ligament damage, and it seems to be a clean break.”

Dr. Xavier Mir. Statements about Marc Márquez's injury:

Marquez, who posted the quickest lap time ahead of Yamaha rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo at the first Sepang test two weeks ago, has helped popularize dirt-track in Spain. At January's Superprestigio Dirt Track race at the Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona, Marquez battled with AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Brad Baker in the Super Final before contact with the American caused him to fall on lap 10. Baker won the event.

In June of 2010, Rossi suffered a displaced and exposed fracture of his right tibia—a far more serious injury—in a spectacular highside crash while practicing for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. The Italian returned to competition just 41 days later, finishing fourth at Sachsenring in Germany after an end-of-race battle with Australian Casey Stoner.

The 2014 MotoGP World Championship kicks off at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on March 23.

Marc Marquez with HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto