Would- be champ aware of Austrian troubles
WORLD champion Marc Marquez will look to wrap up a third successive MotoGP victory on Sunday but is wary of the challenges at the Austrian Grand Prix, where he managed just a fifth- place finish in 2016.
The Spanish rider goes into the 11th round of the championship with back- toback wins in Germany and the Czech Republic and with a 14point lead over compatriot Maverick Vinales in the title race. However, like a host of rivals, the Honda star struggled at the Red Bull Ring 12 months ago when the Austrian leg of the championship returned to the schedule for the first time since 1997.
“The Red Bull Ring is a circuit where we struggled quite a bit last year, but hopefully this year it will be different,” said Marquez, whose racing brain both on and off the track was highlighted at Brno last Sunday where he judged the drying track conditions to perfection.