Marquez undergoes second operation after humerus damaged again

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Marc Marquez has undergone a second operation on his right humerus as a result of damage found following his first.

The MotoGP world champion required surgery after breaking his humerus in a crash during the season-opening race in Jerez two weeks ago, yet attempted to ride just four days later in the second race at the Spanish circuit

After riding in two practice session and Q1 however, he would withdraw due to the pain impacting his lap times and has since continued rehabilitation at home in Barcelona.

Since then, it was discovered the original titanium plate used to fix Marquez's humerus had become damaged due to stress accumulation, and on Monday, he had it replaced at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus and will now stay in hospital for 48 hours before being discharged.

“Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room," said Dr Mir in a statement.

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"The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

"The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body.

"Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”

The third round of the MotoGP season is slated for this weekend at the Czech Grand Prix in Brno, followed by two races in Austria to complete a tripleheader.

It's unknown at this point though, how long Marquez will be out of action for this time.