Juara bertahan MotoGP, Marc Marquez, terpaksa diketepikan selama dua hingga tiga bulan, kata pasukannya, Repsol Honda, semalam.
The second race at the Red Bull Ring could see a championship contender lay down a marker with Marc Marquez out longer than expected.
Marc Marquez is set to miss the bulk of the MotoGP season after Repsol Honda announced he could be out for another three months.
If Fabio Quartararo is to capitalise on Marc Marquez's injury and pull clear in MotoGP, improvement is required in Austria this week.
Johann Zarco claimed pole position ahead of Fabio Quartararo, who will be aiming for a hat-trick in Sunday's race.
There is a Frenchman on pole for the Czech Republic Grand Prix but it is Johann Zarco rather than Fabio Quartararo at the front of the pack.
Kepingan logam di lengan Juara MotoGP, Marc Marquez, patah ketika dia cuba membuka tingkap di rumahnya, menurut pengurus pasukan Repsol Honda, Alberto Puig.
The setback in Marc Marquez's recovery came about by accident after an innocuous incident at home.
Repsol Honda reportedly may not have the injured Marc Marquez back on a MotoGP grid until the middle of September.
Marc Marquez misses out again but Valentino Rossi can achieve a MotoGP first if he places in the top three at the Czech Republic Grand Prix.