Alex Márquez claims creditable Top 10 finish in Austria
Álex Márquez registered a fine top-10 finish at the Grand Prix of Styria after a dramatic MotoGP race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on Sunday. The LCR Honda CASTROL rider held his nerve as the event was restarted following a scary-looking incident involving Dani Pedrosa and Lorenzo Savadori after three laps and delivered on the promise of his qualifying display as he claimed ninth position at the chequered flag.
Initially starting from 11th on the grid, the Spaniard – who was the eighth quickest in warm-up – fought his way into good track position after the restart and battled for a spot in the top 10 throughout. On the closing laps he duelled for eighth with his brother Marc, and although he couldn’t get the better of his elder sibling, he secured an encouraging result to start off the second half of the MotoGP World Championship in round ten.
“Today was another good day for us. We have to be happy and proud as we had a really difficult first half of the season. Ninth position in the end, but honestly, I made too many mistakes during the race although I was giving 100 percent. We need to improve and keep going, but I’m very satisfied at how the team worked this weekend, now we have a few days here in Austria before the second race. So, I’m happy with the performance, we still have things to improve, but we are heading in the right direction.” – Álex Márquez – 9th