Mar­quez breaks pain bar­rier

Dis­lo­cated shoul­der in free prac­tice hor­ror smash doesn’t stop Spa­niard from bag­ging solid points

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - SI­MON PAT­TER­SON

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

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