MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez will not need surgery on his left shoulder, which was dislocated and suffered ligament damage in a crash during race morning warm-up last Sunday at the British Grand Prix.
Marquez raced to a thrilling second place at Silverstone after doctors popped his shoulder back into joint after the crash. Marquez and winner Jorge Lorenzo swapped the lead twice in the final lap before Lorenzo prevailed by .081 of a second, arguably the best final-lap battle for victory since Valentino Rossi passed Lorenzo for the win in the last corner in 2009 at Barcelona.
Noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. Xavier Mir said Marquez would be fit to race Sept. 15 at Misano after undergoing intense physical therapy.
Serious shoulder and collarbone injuries have become a rite of passage in the last decade. Just this season, Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Marquez and Ben Spies have been injured in that area among prominent riders.
"I think this type of injury is also due to the advent of four-stroke engines," one rider said to Italian media. "With the two-strokes, we watched too many fractures in the hands and feet. With modern MotoGP instead are often involved shoulders. The different weight and provision of motorcycles, as well as electronics, then changed the dynamics of the falls."