BIG IN JAPAN: Double MotoGP champion Marc Marquez will race his Honda at the Japanese GP after successful surgery to his fractured hand. Image: AFP/ Jaime Reina
Madrid, Spain - MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has had successful surgery on a fractured hand and should be able to race at the Japanese GP on October 11, his Honda team said on Wednesday.
Marquez, third in the standings with four races left, injured his left hand mountain biking in his native Spain on Tuesday and was operated on in Barcelona earlier on Wednesday, Honda said on its website.
'Fine to ride'
Marquez said: "If post-operation recovery goes as expected, Marc should be fine to ride at the Japanese Grand Prix."
Marquez needed surgery in April after sustaining a similar injury in a training accident while riding a dirt bike.
The 22-year-old, who has won the past two championships, has 184 points from 14 races, with Italian Valentino Rossi leading on 263 ahead of Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo of Spain on 249.
There are 25 points available for each race win with 20 points for second spot and 16 for a third-place finish.