Marc Marquez could be poised to land back-to-back body blows on his MotoGP rivals.

Victory last weekend at Brno pushed Marquez's title lead up to 14-points over Yamaha's Maverick Vinales.

The Repsol Honda rider then defied last year's Red Bull Ring form - fifth in qualifying and the race, albeit after a shoulder injury - to lead all three Saturday sessions, culminating in pole position.

Ducati dominated last year's event, but while Andrea Dovizioso and new team-mate Jorge Lorenzo will start alongside Marquez on the front row, Marquez looks the clear pre-race favourite.

"Honestly I am feeling much better than last year in this circuit, so this is for me the most important thing," Marquez confirmed. "Last year we were struggling to be in the top five and this year it looks like we have a good rhythm.

"The team did a really good job because since FP1 I go out and the bike was much better than last year. Completely different balance, but anyway okay. I am losing in other points, but I am gaining in a lot of points. So, this is the most important.

"I feel comfortable for tomorrow. With used tyres I felt good and I was riding well. Being in pole position straight after Brno gives me a good feeling, a good mentality. But anyway, tomorrow we need to finish our job this weekend."

"It looks like both Ducati riders have a good rhythm, especially Dovi. I think the Yamaha riders will be there. So, we will see how the weather is. Looks like it will be warmer. Choosing the correct rear tyre will be the most important thing."


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