WILL MARQUEZ PLAY HIS HAND? Honda's Marc Marquez during third free practice ahead of the 2015 Spanish MotoGP at Jerez. He's decided whether or not to race with a damaged left hand. Image: Jorge Guerrero
JEREZ, Spain - MotoGP champion Honda’s Marc Marquez has been passed fit to race in his home Spanish MotoGP here this weekend after fracturing a finger in training.
He fell off a dirt bike.
Organisers said the 22-year-old went to the circuit medical centre for a fitness test and was given the all clear by doctors.
PEDROSA STILL OUT
"Tomorrow I will try (in practice) and we will see. It will be painful as the operation was only on Saturday evening," the rider. "Maybe we will suffer more than in other races but here in Jerez in front of the fans I have extra motivation and that can help me."
Marquez underwent surgery a week earlier Saturday after fracturing his left little finger in an accident while riding a dirt bike with friends. He revealed to reporters that he sustained the injury when he had a minor fall and a friend behind him then rode over his hand.
The Spaniard is fifth in the 2015 championship with 36 points after three races with Yamaha's Valentino Rossi leading on 66 points thanks to two victories.
Marquez's team mate and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa will miss Sunday's race – he is still recovering from arm surgery. Pedrosa said:
"It has been a very difficult decision to make but I think the best is to wait a while longer, go ahead with the rehabilitation, and be back for Le Mans."
He's already missed two races.