Marc Marquez has admitted the condition of his right arm has surprised him, saying it is much worse than expected.

It has been 13 months since Marquez’s career-threatening crash at Jerez, where he badly broke his right arm, and things still aren’t right. Despite the 5-week summer break to get himself back to 100% fitness, the Spaniard is surprised at how uncomfortable riding with his arm still is.

“The summer break and the weeks I’ve been able to train have been good for me physically and mentally,” he said. “But I honestly thought the step in improvement would be bigger.

“Already when I went out for FP1 I felt some discomfort and I realize that I have to be on a MotoGP bike to improve my injury. So I say that I thought that the step forward in recovery would be bigger. The best has not been as expected and that has been a blow for me because I didn’t expect it, but we have to keep riding and be patient.”

Marquez automatically qualified for Q2 based on his times in Austria, where MotoGP will qualify in mere hours’ time.

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