MotoGP: Champion Marc Marquez breaks leg in training accident
Last Updated: 20/02/14 12:26pm
Marc Marquez: Leg break disrupts preparation for 2014 season
Marc Marquez should be fit for the start of the defence of his MotoGP title despite breaking his leg in a dirt-track training session on Wednesday.
The Spaniard, who turned 21 on Monday, sustained a fractured fibula while preparing for the 2014 season near his home in Lleida.
He will miss testing sessions in Sepang, Malaysia, next week and then Philip Island in Australia the following week, but should be back for the opening Grand Prix of the season in Qatar on March 23.
"The results showed no ligament damage or dislocation and no need to proceed with surgery," said Xavier Mir, the doctor who treated Marquez.
"I expect he will need 3-4 weeks to fully recover."
Marquez became the youngest champon in the history of the series last season, and he said: "It was a really unfortunate accident that could happen to anyone at any time.
"I was rushed to hospital and Dr. Mir treated me, thankfully there was no ligament damage and it seems like a clean break."