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MotoGP Austria: Marquez recovers from 'mistakes' to take fifth

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez finished in fifth in the MotoGP race at the Red Bull Ring, and would have naturally liked to have finish higher up the standings but felt satisfied, especially after dislocating his shoulder on Saturday.

He was pleased that the Ducati’s of Iannone and Dovizioso took the one-two victory as it meant that the Movistar Yamaha’s of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were unable to really close a big gap on the former champ in the standings.

But they did both finish ahead of Marquez so Lorenzo was able to gain five points, and Rossi two on the Repsol rider. But Marquez did go wide a few times out on track, and at one point nearly lost the front, but he held on and was able to keep Vinales at bay too.


“In the end fifth place is a fifth place but we would like to be more in front. We see only the championship, Lorenzo only took five points more than me and Valentino two, so happy for this, but I am not happy because we struggled a lot during the race,” said Marquez at the track.

“In the beginning I was fighting and aggressive, so I slowed down a bit and tried to control Vinales and the good thing was that Ducati won and finished second, and Valentino just finished ahead of us.

“Turn one I went wide and I locked the front and nearly crashed there and then I pushed again and in turn 3 I went wide again and tried to manage the situation with Vinales but we lost too much acceleration. But when the tyre dropped it was impossible.

“I was not 100 percent but for riding the bike was not a problem, [the shoulder] it is painful now but it was not a problem. For a few laps I was able to follow them and the Ducati’s were faster and then I went wide, and I did another mistake and lost the contact.”

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