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Marc Marquez withdraws from Dutch GP, fifth DNS of 2023 MotoGP season

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Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda, Honda RC213V, 2023 MotoGP , Dutch TT, Assen, portrait, grid [credit - Gold & Goose]

Marc Marquez will play no further part in the MotoGP Dutch TT at Assen after aggravating injuries sustained during a crash-strewn German MotoGP a week earlier.

The second event in a row that Marquez has opted out of starting the full-length GP race due to a flare up of his physical issues, it means the Spaniard has failed to start five of the this year's eight grands prix.

"Marc Marquez will sit out the Grand Prix at the TT Circuit Assen after being declared unfit as a result of the injuries sustained at the German GP last week, which have been aggravated further in Assen," read a statement from Repsol Honda


On a chastening weekend for the eight-time GP World Champion, Marquez arrived at Assen admitting to have sustained a broken rib during a Sachsenring event that saw him hit the deck on five occasions, with the latter of those in warm-up prompting him to withdraw altogether.

Nevertheless, Marquez returned to track a few days later in the Netherlands, but has been off the pace all weekend, starting and finishing down in 17th during the Sprint Race.

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He has also suffered two more crashes, the second of which was a controversial coming together with Enea Bastianini after Marquez's attempts to tow the Ducati rider ended with him striking the back of it when he was distracted.

As a result, Marquez has opted to begin his six-week summer break early, during which he will hope to get back to the full fitness in what is proving to be a fourth consecutive MotoGP campaign riddled by injury woes.

Indeed, this will be Marquez's fifth DNS from eight full-length MotoGP races after missing three more earlier in the year while he recovered from a hand injury. Moreover, he failed to finish any of the three GPs he has started.

With his scant points coming from three of the five Sprint Races he has started in 2023 - a third, fifth and a seventh - Marquez heads into the summer break with just 15 points and, as of writing, 19th in the overall standings.

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