Monday, April 27th 2015. | Auto & Motor, Car

Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has successfully undergone an operation to repair a fractured little finger he sustained a few days ago in a dirt track training crash.

According to Honda, Marquez suffered a displaced fracture of the proximal phalange in the little finger of his left hand after falling off of his bike during a dirt track training run. The 22-year old was immediately taken to the Dexeus Institute in Barcelona where Dr. Xavier Mir, renowned for performing surgeries on MotoGP and WSBK riders, inserted a titanium plate in Marquez’s hand to put the fractured bone back together.

The injury to the champion is another setback in what has already become a challenging year for Repsol Honda. If Marquez can’t go at Jerez, the team would effectively be out of its two regular riders, although there’s a good chance that Dani Pedrosa could return after recovering through his own surgery. To be fair, Honda hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Marquez being back on the saddle, but past history of the injury makes it unlikely that he can fully recover in time for this weekend’s race. The kind of injury Marquez suffered has been described as “potentially the most disabling fracture in the hand” with a recovery time of two to three weeks.

Then again, don’t be surprised if Marquez still suits up and races this weekend.

Fortunately for him and the team, the injury is to his little finger so it’s not as debilitating as, say, the thumb or the index finger. He could probably still race if he really feels the need to do so, especially since he’s already 30 points behind championship leader Valentino Rossi. Missing a race and seeing that lead widen is the last thing he and the team wants to see happen.

So if I was a betting man, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Marquez race at Jerez this weekend. The team’s current circumstances in MotoGP makes missing a race out of the equation at this point.

Continue reading to read more about Marc Marquez’s untimely injury.

Marc Marquez Injured In Crash; Status For Jerez Still Uncertain originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 27 April 2015 14:00 EST.

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