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By Repsol Honda Team

Marquez satisfied with top 5 in Austria

Damage control for championship leader at the Red Bull Ring following dislocated shoulder in FP3

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Watch Marquez's brutal crash from all angles

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) suffered a dislocated shoulder during FP3 in Austria, as the double MotoGP™ world champion lost control of his Honda and narrowly avoided a collision with teammate Dani Pedrosa, but still managed to take a top 5 finish after a more difficult weekend than many in 2016. Marquez, who went into the Austrian GP with an incredible 48 point lead, rode without painkillers on race day and came home in the top 5 for a superb display of damage control - keeping his advantage above 40 points at the top of the table.

Marc Marquez (P5): “After how yesterday went, I’m happy with today’s race. My shoulder didn’t hurt at any time during the race, so no excuses there. I would have taken fifth position if it were offered to me before starting the race. I knew the Ducatis and Yamahas were fast, so this was the best possible outcome and it’s positive that we’ve only lost five points compared to Lorenzo. Given the difficulties we’ve had, it was clear that our objective was to think of the fight for the Championship. I started aggressively, as it was the only way of trying to fight with the front group, but after making a couple of mistakes I lost the slipstream and it was very difficult to recover from that.”

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Marquez maintains solid championship lead in Austria

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