I really look forward to this weekend because Phillip Island is an incredible racetrack
Marc Márquez, who at Motegi became the youngest rider to reach the milestone of 100 podiums, arrives at Phillip Island -one of his favourite circuits- as leader of the World Championship. He holds an advantage of 11 points over Andrea Dovizioso.
Dani Pedrosa, fourth in the overall standings and 74 points off his Repsol Honda teammate, has been on the podium 8 times in the 15 Grands Prix held to date this season.
Both Marquez and Pedrosa have been crowned World Champions at Phillip Island: Márquez in 2012 in Moto2, and Pedrosa in 2004 and 2005, in 250cc.
“We go to Australia very motivated after Japan, where we scored good points at a track that’s normally tough for us, and in quite difficult conditions. I really look forward to this weekend because Phillip Island is an incredible racetrack, one of my favourite. It’s difficult because it’s very physical, with many hard and fast changes in direction, but I enjoy it a lot every year and generally I think it’s a better track for us than Motegi. I hope for good weather, and then we’ll see. We’ll work hard to try and find the best setup and keep fighting hard for this Championship.”
“It was a difficult weekend in Japan with the wet conditions, but we have to look forward to the next race. Phillip Island isn’t one of my favourite tracks, so we’ll definitely have to work hard to find a good pace there. Anyway, we remain positive, looking at every race weekend as a new story. We hope for the weather to be fine and to be able to use the tyres in the right way so that we can fight at front on Sunday.”