Marquez unconcerned about shoulder injury ahead of Czech GP

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MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez has no concerns about his shoulder injury sustained in Austria last weekend, saying he has rested up ahead of this Sunday’s Czech Grand Prix.

Marquez fell during FP3 on Saturday morning at the Red Bull Ring, landing heavily on his right shoulder and dislocating it in the process.

The Spaniard was taken to hospital where he was cleared to race, finishing fifth to limit the damage of title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi’s third- and fourth-place finishes.

Marquez heads to Brno with a 43-point lead over Lorenzo, and is hopeful of challenging for a podium finish.

“We had a challenging weekend in Austria but we did the best we could and, all things considered, we were able to get away quite well,” Marquez said.

“The shoulder didn’t bother me during the race but it was a bit sore afterward, so these couple of days before Brno have been good to rest a bit.

“Brno isn’t one of my favourite tracks but we’ve been able to get some good results there in the past.

“We must be really focused and work well in order to be able to fight for the podium again.”