MotoGP: Marquez not expecting shoulder issues in Brno

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Marc Marquez says he’s not expecting any significant issues with the shoulder that he dislocated on the Saturday morning of last weekend’s Austrian Grand prix when MotoGP returns to action this weekend at Brno.

The Repsol Honda rider was taken for check-ups at a local hospital following the crash, but was able to return to track later that afternoon – and says he can’t foresee huge problems with it this weekend.

“We had a challenging weekend in Austria but we did the best we could and, all things considered, we were able to get away quite well. The shoulder didn’t bother me during the race but it was a bit sore afterward, so these couple of days before Brno have been good to rest a bit.

“Brno isn’t one of my favourite tracks but we’ve been able to get some good results there in the past. We must be really focused and work well in order to be able to fight for the podium again.”

And while the fast straights of Brno isn’t the most favourable for the difficult Honda RCV213, his teammate Dani Pedrosa reckons that the duo should see a change in fortune over the next few weekends.

“In this second part of the season, we should find some more suitable tracks for us. Of course Brno has some long straights that can be demanding for us, but it’s a track that I’ve liked since I started racing, and I always have a good feeling there.

“It’s very wide, with some very fast corners, and you must be able to hit the best lines to set good lap times, as it doesn’t forgive the smallest mistake. I just hope that the weather is stable so we can use all the practice time and try to build up some more confidence and speed.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer