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Marquez: “Luckily it was just a scare…”

P5 in qualifying for the championship leader – who was declared fit after crash

An incident in FP3 on Saturday saw points leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) take a heavy fall when losing control of his Honda and taking action to avoid a collision with teammate Dani Pedrosa. Marquez briefly dislocated his shoulder in the incident, but visited hospital for extensive checks for further damage and has been given the ok. The 2013 and 2014 world champion will begin the race at the Red Bull Ring from P5 – with a bigger window of recovery before getting back on track on Sunday.

Marc Marquez (P5): “It was a tough day for us as we began the morning session with a crash in FP3 that was completely my mistake. I braked too late and went wide at turn 3, risking a clash with Dani who was in front on the outside line. To avoid him, I crashed and I dislocated my left shoulder. I decided, along with the doctor, to go to the hospital to check that everything was okay. Luckily it was just a scare, and I was able to ride in the afternoon despite being bruised up. In the end, I think fifth place is good. The goal was to be close to the podium spots, and we succeeded in that. Tomorrow we’ll try to get close to the two Yamahas, with the knowledge that the Ducatis have been faster until now, but we’ll give our best as usual.”

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