After a month of July that involved holidays and training sessions, the two Repsol Honda Team riders arrive in Austria ready to face the nine Grands Prix that remain in the 2021 season.
Marc Márquez has used the summer break to rest and also to continue training to reach the Styria Grand Prix in the best possible shape. He has raced four times at the track, in which time he has achieved 3 second places and a fifth place -the latter in his first participation in 2016, when the Spielberg Circuit became part of the MotoGP World Championship.
Teammate Pol Espargaró has also been able to relax for a few days, but has used his time training motocross, one of his preferred ways of keeping fit. In Austria, the Repsol Honda Team rider achieved a podium last season, finishing third in the Styria Grand Prix.
The MotoGP World Championship returns to action this weekend in Austria for the first of two consecutive Grands Prix at the track.
"I’ve enjoyed the summer break; 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 with each day. 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! 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.”
"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 grand stands for the first time in Austria, I am so excited to seeing 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.”