What a day it has been for current MotoGP championship leader Marquez

Having not ridden his own bike at the Red Bull Ring, Marquez had his work cut out for him this weekend if he wanted to maintain his championship lead after the tenth round of the MotoGP. He crashed and was flown to hospital but returned and managed to gain fifth on the grid ahead of the race; hear what he said about his tough day at the office.

What a day it has been for current MotoGP championship leader Marquez
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Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez returns from the summer break with a comfortable lead in the championship. Like many of the other riders in the class the young Spaniard has not ridden here before as the Red Bull Ring has been included in the MotoGP calendar this year for the first time since 1997.

No testing completed for Repsol Honda Team

Now after the German GP the majority of the riders made their way straight to Austria to complete two days of testing, but the Repsol Honda Team did not attend.

Marquez and his teammate Dani Pedrosa have experienced the track earlier in the year though when they were filming on road bikes for the Honda Racing Corporation earlier in the year.

It was not long before he got to know the track, and after using data collected by LCR Honda and Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS in the test as a base line, Marquez finished FP1 in sixth but then dropped to tenth in FP2 understandably.

Marquez crashed and nrrowly avoided teammate Pedrosa - Gold and Goose
Marquez crashed and nrrowly avoided teammate Pedrosa - Gold and Goose

Tough day at the office for Marquez

The drama began on day two of the Austrian GP meeting ahead of the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich when Marquez crashed after braking late and managed to narrowly avoid his teammate during FP3.

He was clearly in pain with his left shoulder, which he turns out he had dislocated, as the Marshals helped him to his feet and he was taken to the local hospital via helicopter to have it checked.

Spaniard declared fit to race

Amazingly, he was cleared and declared fit to race and made his way back to the Red Bull Ring in time for FP4 and then went on to qualify in fifth on the grid ahead of the tenth round of the MotoGP.

His time of 1:24.265 turned out to be enough to keep him in the top three during FP3, which meant he automatically progressed to Qualifying 2.