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Old 7 Apr 2021, 05:25 (Ref:4044892)   #91
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He has been suffering 'arm pump' and is AFAIK undergoing surgery imminently to deal with it. Apparently he was unable to feel the brake lever in the latter part of the last race.

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Ducati has confirmed Miller had surgery in Barcelona at the Dexeus University Hospital on Tuesday (local time).

The surgery to remedy the arm pump problem on his right forearm was carried out by MotoGP surgeon Dr Xavier Mir and his team.

Miller will remain in hospital for 24 hours post-surgery before beginning rehabilitation ahead of next weekend’s third MotoGP round at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal.

“It was a short operation, and it went very well,” said Miller.

“I can’t wait to start the rehabilitation. There are still ten days left before the next grand prix at Portimao.

“If my recovery proceeds normally, I’ll be able to be back on track in Portugal, even if not completely at my 100 percent fitness.
https://www.speedcafe.com/2021/04/07...l-arm-surgery/
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Old 7 Apr 2021, 10:20 (Ref:4044932)   #92
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After two races it's already looking close. Vinales is really looking like a title could come his way after so many years not getting close. He should at least be in the fight. But don't rule out Zarco, he's already looking a threat and I would be surprised if he doesn't finally get that first win he deserves. Quatararo has got a tough job on his hands against those two. I am already looking forward to Portugal, that should be a great event
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Old 13 Apr 2021, 12:38 (Ref:4045835)   #93
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The Portuguese MotoGP
All eyes will be on Marquez from FP1, and having not raced on the Algarve last year, there will likely be thousands of words given to balancing and taking it easy vs track familiarisation vs getting back on a MotoGP bike after so long vs expecting the eight-time Champion to put in a lap record in five seconds. Some will expect the answers within five minutes and others within five Grands Prix, but the questions themselves are the bigger draw. How long will it take to see the number 93 on full power? Will it be no time at all? Did everyone raise the bar, or is Marquez returning to do just that?
One thing is for sure I shall be watching
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Old 13 Apr 2021, 12:59 (Ref:4045840)   #94
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Yes, it’s gonna very interesting seeing Marquez back. Of course we should give it a few races before judging him. We’ll see if he can reaffirm his superiority or if he is now on a par with the other top riders
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Old 13 Apr 2021, 14:24 (Ref:4045853)   #95
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Yes, it’s gonna very interesting seeing Marquez back. Of course we should give it a few races before judging him. We’ll see if he can reaffirm his superiority or if he is now on a par with the other top riders
Knowing what he is like, personally I think he will do what he has always done ! However he has obviously been sitting on the sidelines thinking about what has happened to him but I'm sure his ego will overtake everything directly the flag drops
I know that Sam Lowes in Moto2 got a fair bit of practice at the Portuguese track a little while back, so after his fantastic start to the season with 2 wins he will be well pumped up for this.
Unfortunately John McPhee will have to start from the pit lane after the "handbags" session , however that means he "should" keep out of trouble on the first lap, also the last Moto3 race was won from the pit lane so that (as always) is going to be an "edge of the sofa job" for me
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Old 13 Apr 2021, 18:00 (Ref:4045882)   #96
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The twisty undulating turns of Portimao are going to mean that his injuries get a real workout, I can't think of worse track to make a comeback with his shoulder.
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The twisty undulating turns of Portimao are going to mean that his injuries get a real workout, I can't think of worse track to make a comeback with his shoulder.
It is true that it's a twisty circuit but I think that he would have trained in the gym and on the bike to get a decent level of fitness. Incidentally it was his upper humerus bone that he broke that he had plated within a few days of it happening. He then broke the plate off of the bone in what he said was a freak accident at home, but I heard through the grapevine that he damaged it training on his Motocross bike. That's more feasible as he is always out there on his local track and he could easily have done it without falling off with all the upper arm movement needed .
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This being an unfamiliar track to him will probably mean he won’t get up to speed immediately. However you make a good point about his ego. He might not be able to help himself when the race starts
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My confidence is not high, I have to start step by step. This is my pre-season," Marquez told reporters today (Thursday).

"It's true I'm nervous, I have butterflies in my stomach which is not normal... But the Japanese staff really motivated me and told me, 'Don't worry, there's no target'.

"It was a difficult decision not to race in Qatar because I was feeling ready but not 100%."

Marquez may not have ideal conditions on his return, however, with rain expected this weekend.
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I've never seen MM race anything half heartedly, it will be interesting to see his commitment in practice and qualifying. I wonder if the local lad Oliveira can repeat his performance for KTM. It would be super to be trackside this weekend, from what I've seen and heard it really is an exciting switchback/rollercoaster of a circuit and very accessible which is lot more than can be said for Jerez in Spain. From memory I think it took us around 2 hours or more from Seville for the '91 F1 race through mile upon mile of citrus groves.

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It's a pity I'm not in Spain as I would have liked to go to this in normal times, it's about a 7 hr drive from our place and for me it's a lot of the same way that I would go to Jerez that is about 5hrs. Unfortunately I won't be going to either and will have to slum it on the sofa. I'll be up "early" in the morning to watch the practice at 10am
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I wonder if Rossi's lack of form can be put down to long Covid ? I know he qualified in 4th the other week but he slipped back quite quickly.
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I've never seen MM race anything half heartedly.....,
It is going to be strange to see MM back on a bike.... he has admitted to being nervous and having butterflies. He made a statement that seems to indicate at times doubts as to whether his arm would ever be normal again and the future of his career. He says FP1 will not be the normal him, mentally or physically, which I can fully understand. All the more reason for me to watch FP1. (A pleasant 7pm for me!)
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“It is true that I am nervous, I have some butterflies in the stomach that are not normal in me but I know that after FP1 these will be gone and now it is time to enjoy being on the bike again.

"I will not be the same Marc from FP1, I need time, I am still in my rehabilitation and there are two different things: a physical side but also a mental side.

“We are in the process, but I am really happy to be here and I am looking forward to riding the bike.”

Marquez says it was “difficult” not to race in Qatar as he personally felt “ready”, while noting it was hard to watch last year’s races from the sidelines.

“It was really strange especially in the beginning then in the mid-period of these nine months it was normal already, I was there just as a fan watching on TV and enjoying,” he added.

“Of course it was really difficult to take the decision not to race in Qatar one and Qatar two [races] because I feel ready but not 100%, and then the doctors decided to stop me.

“Of course, I just followed that advice but it was hard, nine months, very hard and with the doubts.

“Not only doubt on would I ride again but also the doubts if I will have a normal arm.

“So, this was hard and always I was optimistic which was the key point and especially the people around me helped me a lot to keep the motivation there and have the target to ride a bike again.”
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If it rains, might it make it a little easier physically for him? Depends how wet it is I guess
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If it rains, might it make it a little easier physically for him? Depends how wet it is I guess
The downside being it would become more likely for him to drop the bike and potentially aggravate his old injury.
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