Marc Marquez takes points in the #AustrianGP but DNF for Joan Mir

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The first half of the 2023 MotoGP season closed in Spielberg, at an Austrian Grand Prix dominated by sun and high temperatures.

As he had done on Saturday in the sprint race, Marc Márquez made progress during the race, despite high asphalt temperatures and a very demanding track for braking.

The Repsol Honda Team rider started the 28-lap contest from 18th on the grid and, after maintaining a consistent pace, was able to cross the finish line 12th and score four points.

Joan Mir began the Austrian Grand Prix from 16th. Unfortunately, when 13 of the 28 laps of the race had elapsed, the Repsol Honda Team rider suffered a small crash that forced him to retire.

In fifteen days, the MotoGP World Championship holds its eleventh round of the season: The Catalan Grand Prix.

Marc Márquez

“The result of this Grand Prix was a culmination of the new approach we are taking as in Silverstone. We are trying to understand many things with the bike and avoid falling, finally we finished a race. At one point in the race my times were quite good, but I was the only one with the soft rear. It’s good to finish a race but obviously we are aiming for more and we need to keep on working. It’s been a busy weekend here in Austria and now we see what’s possible in Montmeló.”

Joan Mir

“I’m not happy about today, I felt that we were doing a solid weekend for our situation. It’s a shame to fall and miss out on more laps. I had something with the brakes, which can always be a critical point here, and then I went wide and lost the front. When you’re riding on the limit and have a small problem, it’s difficult to stay on a bike. The positives are that I was able to fighting with Marc across the weekend and I was not as far behind as previous races. We improved our confidence too so we need to carry this feeling into the next races.”

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