Would- be champ aware of Aus­trian troubles

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

Mo­toGP rider Marc Mar­quez.

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