The title fight resumes this weekend in Austria with the Styrian GP. A favourable track for Ducati and KTM yes, but one at which Marc Marquez has often battled for the win in the past. The situation is a little different this year though, with Marquez still recovering from his injury, while Pol Espargaró continues to adapt to the RC213V. But the summer break may have benefitted both riders...

“I feel better and stronger”

“I’ve enjoyed the summer break”, comments Marquez. “I was able to relax with friends and family and enjoy it. It was good not just for the mind, but also for the body and I am feeling better and stronger. I’ve been able to increase my training, spending more time on bikes and even returning to riding motocross – which I am enjoying a lot!” The eight-time champ continues: “But we know the situation on track will still not be simple and we have to keep working and stay focused. I’m looking forward riding my Honda RC213V again and having full grandstands again will be incredible.”

Training hard all summer

Pol Espargaró had this to say: “Let’s ride! It has been a long time away from the track and I am looking forward to returning to riding my Honda again. We’ve been training hard over the whole summer and I am fully prepared physically for the final end of the year. The Red Bull Ring is a unique circuit with a lot of hard braking and accelerating, I think it can suit us. It looks like we will have full grandstands for the first time in Austria, I am so excited to see all the fans and hopefully we can see more people at more circuits soon. We didn’t have the easiest start to the season, but it’s time to keep our focus and show the potential we know we have.”

Translated by Heather Watson

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