Marquez breaks pain barrier
Dislocated shoulder in free practice horror smash doesn’t stop Spaniard from bagging solid points
A massive crash in practice and a badly behaving Honda could have seen Marc Marquez walk away from the Austrian Motogp round with only a handful of points, but the super-cool Spaniard battled his way to fifth and kept his title charge on track.
A lack of testing at the new-to-Motogp circuit meant Marquez was always worried about this round of the championship and things looked even bleaker after a terrible crash on Saturday in free practice three. He was rushed to hospital for CT scans to a dislocated shoulder and potential concussion – but returned to the track within hours and snatched fifth in qualifying.
And while admitting that he struggled with the pain over the weekend, it wasn’t enough to stop him from putting in a spirited ride in the early stages of the race before the new and more sensible Marquez settled in for the long haul.
“At the beginning we were there and I was fighting, being really aggressive – but I realised that style meant I was 50/50 to finish the race. So I slowed down a bit, tried to control Viñales, and opened up a small gap.
“The point where I decided to ride for a good finish was in turn one when I went wide – I locked the front and nearly crashed. I tried to calm down but started to push again until I went wide at turn three and told myself it was time to come back to my rhythm and manage the situation with Viñales.
“In the end fifth place is fifth place, and we would have liked to be nearer the front. But if we forget the positions and see only the championship, this is a result I would have been thankful for before the race. Jorge took only five points from me and Valentino two.
“The good news is that in the end Ducati won and finished second - I was watching what was happening in front on the big screen!”
And while Marquez might have lost points in the title race to Lorenzo and Rossi, it should be a little easier next time out when the championship moves to Brno this weekend – although he issued a warning about the continu-
ing threat of the Ducati pair of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso.
“If we check the first part of the championship the two Ducatis were very fast in Qatar, very strong. And for sure we will arrive at some other circuits where they could be fast too – like for example Brno. Our opponents are Yamaha but we can’t forget Ducati - in case they are there in the middle of us!”
‘I was fighting, being really aggressive, but... that style meant I was 50/50 to finish the race’ MARC MARQUEZ ‘ The good news is that in the end Ducati won and finished second’ MARC MARQUEZ
His Honda RC213V fishtailing, Marquez runs on at Turn 3 To avoid hitting team-mate Pedrpedrosa,osa, he swerves and slams on the brakes
It was tense times before the race but Marquez minimised the damage to his title
The bike low-sides and the Spaniard is thrown into the air Marquez lands heavily on his head but escapes seriouseriouss injury Twisted awkwardly around the front of his floored RC213V, Marquez’s left arm is wrenched out of its socket
A bit of pain didn’t stop Marquez from bagging vital points in front of the Austrian fans