Stefan Bradl will continue to replace injured MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez at this weekend's first Red Bull Ring event.

Forced to undergo a second surgery after breaking the titanium plate in his right arm, rumours persist that Marquez will now not return until round six, at Misano in mid-September, but officially Repsol Honda is taking it on a race-by-race basis.

Bradl was 18th and last after jumping in the deep end last weekend at Brno, where he also continued developing some new parts for HRC, including the holeshot device.

“After an intense and busy weekend I am looking forward to riding at the Red Bull Ring as I have a race under my belt and understand what we need to do," Bradl said.

"I think we will have another busy weekend, but maybe the weather will change it a bit. I am really pleased to be back with the Repsol Honda Team again and I’m sure we can have a more competitive weekend.

"Let’s see how the weekend unfolds, I am confident we can be closer to the MotoGP regulars.”

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Weather forecasts are predicting a high chance of rain over all three days in Austria, meaning rookie Alex Marquez could be set for his first wet event.

“The second of three MotoGP races in a row and the second time we will have more than one race at the same circuit. In Jerez we were able to benefit a lot from having two races so I think it will be an interesting couple of races," said Alex, 15th last Sunday in the Czech Republic.

"It looks like it will rain, a lot, so I will need to adapt to the RC213V in the wet. It’s a new challenge, but being a rookie is all about accepting the challenges and learning. Our goal for the weekend is to keep understanding the MotoGP class and close the gap to the front.”