Repsol Honda Team rider Marc Marquez, who dislocated his left shoulder in a fall on Saturday mornings FP3 in Austria, feels that he can still challenge the likes of MotoGP rival Jorge Lorenzo in Sunday's race.
Marquez suffered a heavy fall when trying to get past Dani Pedrosa early in the FP3 session at turn three to dislocate his left shoulder and hurt the other shoulder as well. The 23-year-old Marquez later admitted what happened was totally his fault.
The Spaniard returned from a hospital check-up to the track for the FP4 session and then later managed a fifth place in qualifying just 0.333s behind Andrea Iannone of the Ducati Team who took pole.
In an interview, Marquez said he was happy to be on the second row despite the crash.
“We are in the second row and I think this was the main target for us, even yesterday before the crash,” said Marquez.
“We saw the Ducati riders were very fast. Even the Yamaha riders here are very fast. The base of Ducati, I think they are one step in front. We'll see also the tyre life, and if they can manage it well.
“With the Yamaha riders, I think we are able to fight with Lorenzo. With Valentino (Rossi) I don't know because his pace is very similar, maybe a little faster than us. We will try to do our best to follow him.”
The Catalan rider acknowledged it was his mistake when coming off his bike in FP3 when braking for the uphill right on Saturday.
“First of all, it was completely my mistake. Dani was in front but he was far. He did a mistake, went wide and maybe he was slower on the outside line. Then I braked too late," said Marquez.
“I was going wide, which is a normal mistake in that corner. Unfortunately, Dani was there, and to try and avoid the contact – if not it would have been a very big crash – I crashed. It was completely my mistake that I was going wide.
“The shoulder is OK. I dislocate my left shoulder but honestly the right one is more painful. The right one was OK, it was just the impact [that hurt]. It's not the first time that I dislocate it.
“When it's not the first time it's easier to go out, but it's also easier to go in. This was the positive thing. When I was on the scooter it was still out. But then when I was on the scooter it just goes in.”
In the MotoGP rider standings Marquez is well ahead of the other riders at the top of the standings with 170 points, next behind him are Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi on 122 and 111 points respectively after nine races.