In what was expected to be a title-challenging 2022 season for Marquez, has instead turned into another nightmare as the Repsol Honda rider will miss the Argentina MotoGP, the first of two races where he would have started as the clear-cut favourite.

While Marquez’ latest case of diplopia (double vision) is less severe than the one he suffered with towards the end of 2021, it’s still enough to make him miss at least one race for a third consecutive season.

Marquez, who suffered four crashes during the Indonesian MotoGP weekend, all of which were over 100 mph, was eventually ruled out following the last of those which came during morning warm-up.

Marquez was horrifically launched into the air as the rear of his RC213V caught too much traction, which led to the eight-time world champion landing initially on his shoulder, before brutally hitting his head on the concrete.

While no news has been given as to whether Marquez will miss the following round in America, a race in which he won last season, a statement about his absence for Argentina was relayed by the Repsol Honda team: “Marc Marquez visited his ophthalmologist, Dr. Sánchez Dalmau, at the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona yesterday, Monday, where he underwent his second medical check-up after the crash in Warm Up for the Indonesian GP a week ago.

“In this new examination, Dr. Sánchez Dalmau confirmed that Marc Marquez’s diplopia shows a notable improvement and reaffirms that the progression of his vision is very favourable. As happened with the last episode of diplopia, Marc Marquez will continue to carry out a conservative treatment regime with regular check-ups.

“The Repsol Honda Team rider will not take part in the next round of the MotoGP World Championship that takes place this weekend in Argentina as he continues his recovery.”

Dr Sanchez Dalmau confirmed the progress himself by saying: “The second neuro-ophthalmological evaluation carried out on Marc Marquez this past Monday has shown a very favourable evolution in the paralysis of the fourth right nerve affected by the fall that occurred at the Indonesian Grand Prix. Recovery is not yet complete, and Marc Marquez must follow the established therapeutic regime with conservative treatment.”