Marc Marquez may have dislocated his left shoulder during the third free practice in Austria last weekend, but he doesn’t expect it to hinder his performance at the Czech Grand Prix this weekend.
Marquez was taken to hospital after his crash and was given the green light to race at the Austrian Grand Prix, where he finished fifth.
Having enjoyed a strong showing at the Red Bull Ring despite his injury, the Repsol Honda rider sees no reason why he can’t repeat the feat at Brno on Sunday.
“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,” he told reporters. “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.”
In his MotoGP career, Marquez has finished first, fourth and second respectively at the Czech Grand Prix, but even though he has enjoyed a lot of success at Brno, he still doesn’t consider it to be one of his favourite tracks.
The Spaniard added that he will have to be at his very best if he is to secure a podium finish and build on his 43-point lead atop the MotoGP standings.
“Brno isn’t one of my favourite tracks but we’ve been able to get some good results there in the past,” he said. “We must be really focused and work well in order to be able to fight for the podium again.”