Although a late crash squandered any potential podium or even MotoGP victory possibility in Austria, a return to top form for Marc Marquez was a significant takeaway. 

The Repsol Honda rider battled race leaders Francesco Bagnaia, Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Martin all race, and looked like the favourite for victory before rain fell. 

While Marquez is yet to claim a win in Austria since it’s return to the calendar in 2016, it’s a circuit he’s been extremely strong at (multiple second places), whereas Silverstone could present tougher challenges this weekend. 

Traditionally not a strong circuit for Honda; Suzuki, Yamaha and Ducati should all go better - something Marquez is aware of as ‘different’ Silverstone usually means ‘many can be strong’. 

Marquez added: "It will be great to see the British fans again after a year away. Racing in Austria with fans in the stands was enjoyable, so I am looking forward to doing it again in England! 

"Our position between the races has not changed, this weekend is again all about working to improve and seeing what’s possible on Sunday. 

"Last race we had the speed and were able to fight, but Silverstone is a very different circuit, and many can be strong there."

One rider who would have hoped for much more in Austria especially given Marquez’ performance was team-mate Espargaro. 

The Spaniard finished outside the points after suffering from a lack of grip, riding style and rear spinning - problems he’s fixed on solving at Silverstone. 

"Let’s see what this weekend in Silverstone can bring us. It’s a long circuit, which is quite different to where we just were," added Espargaro. 

"First, we need to understand how the bike is working there and then make our plan for the weekend but the goal is to improve and try to fix the problems we had in Austria. 

"I enjoyed racing in front of fans again last time out, so it’s good news we will do it again this weekend."