Motorbike rider Stefan Bradl may have to make way for Honda regular Marc Marquez again after his season debut at the next race.

The healing process of the former World Champion is progressing quite quickly, said team manager Alberto Puig. However, it is still unclear whether Marquez will be available again for the race in Austin next weekend due to his diplopia (double vision).

Bradl himself was self-critical after the Argentine Grand Prix. “I had a good start but made a mistake in turn one. I was a bit too aggressive and a few laps later I made another mistake,” said Bradl after it was only enough for him to finish 19th. Further “little things” in the race had prevented a better result, said the substitute.

For Bradl, that was “part of the process when you come back to MotoGP”. Despite the less than satisfactory result, however, he had gained valuable experience in Argentina.

Bradl has been a test rider for a good four years, since then he has already completed 25 races – some with wildcards. In the last two years alone, the former Moto2 World Champion stood in 14 times for Marquez, who was out of action for nine months after breaking his upper arm. Now the 29-year-old’s eyes are causing concern again, the six-time MotoGP champion suffering from double vision for the second time after a fall.