Eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez will miss both of the opening rounds of the 2021 MotoGP season in Qatar due to his shoulder injury.
The Spaniard suffered the injury at the opening 2020 race in Jerez, and has since been struggling to fully recover, missing out the entire season last year.
The recovery process looks to be moving forward, with Marquez taking to a bike on track last week for the first time since the injury.
There were hopes that the Honda rider may have been fit to ride this weekend, however confirmation has now been given that this will not be the case.
A statement from Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) said: “Marc Marquez, together with his medical team from the Hospital Ruber Internacional, have considered it prudent not to re-join competition this weekend in Qatar.
“In the review carried out on the Spanish rider by the medical team led by Doctors Samuel Antuña and Ignacio Roger de Oña, and made up of Doctors De Miguel, Ibarzabal and García Villanueva, 15 weeks after surgery for an infected pseudarthrosis of the right humerus, a good clinical response has been found after the intensification of his training.
“However, considering the time period and the current state of the bone consolidation process, doctors consider it prudent and necessary not to accelerate Marquez’s return to the track after such an inactive time, and to avoid putting the humerus at risk in intense competition.
“Marquez will undergo another medical check on Monday, April 12.”
When the injury occurred, the Honda rider was back in the paddock for the Andalusian Grand Prix just one week after the incident, which led to a prolonged recovery.
Marquez now seems to be taking a much more cautious approach, with fears that putting stress on the shoulder too early could lead to another long period of time off the grid.
The 28-year-old will now be in contention to return to the MotoGP grid when the championship begins its European stage of the season in Portugal.