Joan Mir and Alex Rins are both ruled out of this weekend’s German MotoGP weekend, with the latter to miss Dutch GP too.
Joan Mir –
Marc Marquez aims for better results at historically happy hunting ground at the Sachsenring, a circuit where he has taken 11 wins in his last 11 appearances there. Since 2010, the Repsol Honda Team have claimed 11 wins at the unique Sachsenring circuit. The German track’s 3.67 kilometres are unlike any others on the MotoGP World Championship calendar, an undulating rollercoaster of predominately left-hand bends. From 2013 onwards, Marc Marquez has been the ‘SachsenKing’ and authored a number of incredible results in Germany – most recently in 2021 when he took an emotional first win after his 2020 injury.
The #93 enters the weekend with the same focus and determination as each year before but the challenge in MotoGP only continues to grow. Mugello proved to be a difficult weekend for the Repsol Honda Team and Marquez, a crash in Sunday’s race a frustrating end. From one of the calendar’s fastest circuits to one of its slowest and most technical, the change in circuit layout an interesting proposition as Honda HRC continue to work on improving the Honda RC213V.
Upon returning home, Joan Mir underwent an MRI at the Centre d’Imatge Diagnostica de la Dra. Cuesta in Andorra. It revealed a significant contusion on his right hand with synovial fluid and inflammation, limiting the strength and mobility of his right hand. Taking into consideration the results of the MRI, Mir will not participate in the German GP. He will travel to Palma to visit his trusted traumatologist, Dr. Juan Garcias, to evaluate the best treatment and recovery plan of the injury to his right hand, in order to return as soon as possible. He will not be replaced for the German GP.
Alex Rins –
Alex Rins is flying today to Spain to continue his healing process after the injury he sustained last Saturday at the Italian Grand Prix. Having his tibia and fibula immobilized through an external fixator, Alex will undergo a second surgery later this week in Madrid to internally fix his bones and start recovering. The Spanish rider will miss the German and Dutch Grand Prix.
Alvauro Bautista –
The reigning World Superbike Champion will have a test on a MotoGP bike in Italy on the 20th and 21st June Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) will take advantage of the break in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship to complete a two-day test at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” with the Ducati MotoGP bike. The test will take place on June 20th and 21st at the venue where Bautista claimed a hat-trick of wins in WorldSBK as he enjoys an outing on the Desmosedici GP machine.
Bautista has been talking about completing a test with the MotoGP machine after winning the WorldSBK title last year and he is currently on top of the standings in 2023 with 14 wins in the first 15 races this year. However, with a three-weekend break between the Emilia-Romagna and UK Rounds, Bautista will swap his Panigale V4 R machine for the Desmosedici GP bike across a two-day test at Misano, running as part of the Aruba.it Racing team that competed at the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello last weekend with Michele Pirro.
Misano has been a happy hunting ground for Bautista in WorldSBK on Ducati machinery with three wins in 2023 and two more in 2022. He also claimed a podium finish there in 2019 in Race 1 on his first race with Ducati at Misano in WorldSBK, as well as winning the Tissot Superpole Race on Sunday morning. With so much knowledge of the track already, both from WorldSBK and MotoGP, as well as a lot of success there in recent times, Bautista will be able enjoy the test to the fullest.
While the test will take place in June, there has been speculation about a potential wildcard for Bautista as part of the programme although nothing has been confirmed by the team, manufacturer or the rider. Discussing a potential wildcard in MotoGP, Bautista said in a feature interview: “After I won the World Championship in WorldSBK, I asked Ducati to have a test with the MotoGP bike because, from the outside, it seems like a really fun bike. We will do the test very soon. I don’t do the test with an intention to do a wildcard. I’d like to do the test and let’s see what happens. I don’t think there’s a lot of chance to repeat what Troy Bayliss did in 2006. It was another time and it was different. At the moment, in my mind, it’s only the World Superbike Championship. I just take the test like a prize and don’t think about Troy Bayliss.”
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[Note: The story is as per press release]