MotoGP: Marc Marquez should be near full fitness in Qatar this weekend
Last Updated: 17/03/14 8:38pm
Marc Marquez: Closing on full fitness after broken leg
Honda are confident Marc Marquez will be close to 100% whe he starts the defence of his MotoGP world title in Qatar this weekend.
The 21-year-old was forced to miss pre-season tests in Sepang and Philip Island after breaking his right leg in a dirt-track training accident in Spain last month.
Marquez has not ridden the factory RC213V since early February when he dominated the opening test session at Sepang in Malaysia.
He hoped to ride in the Bridgestone tyre test at Philip Island or the official IRTA test in Qatar but was advised not to be medical staff.
Honda Racing boss Livio Suppo said it was prudent for him to sit out the rest of pre-season to give his leg maximum time to recover before the first race in Doha on Sunday.
"I understand that Marc would have liked to ride but I really believe that even for Marc the best option was to wait," Suppo told Motor Cycling News.
"He proved at the first test and always that he is immediately very fast and he has already chosen the machine.
"I understand to arrive at the first race with only three days of testing done and almost two months without riding is not the best, but I believe his talent is good enough to manage this.
"I hope he will be close to normal fitness but what he will miss is only having three days on the bike and almost two months without riding a bike. Qatar is a longer weekend, starting on Thursday, so this could be a good way for him to ease back into it."