We know we’ve done it before, and we’ve got unforgettable memories of those moments
Mick Doohan – 1998 at Phillip Island
Although it’s true that in 1998 there was no real Pacific tour since there weren’t consecutive GP races in the region, Phillip Island was where the Australian rider took away the World Championship. The Australian GP was the second-to-last trial of the season and that’s where Mick Doohan secured the victory. Alex Crivillé shared the podium with him.
Valentino Rossi – 2003 at Sepang
The tour began using the schedule we know today in 2001 with the circuits in Sepang, Motegi, and Phillip Island. These are the years when Valentino Rossi and the Repsol Honda Team dominated the competition. Rossi won the World Championship in Sepang, which was the second-to-last race on the calendar that season.
Casey Stoner – 2011 at Phillip Island
The year Casey Stoner won the World Championship with Repsol Honda, he couldn’t have done it in a more emblematic place than his Australian homeland. It was the second-to-last race of the season and the rambunctious climate of Phillip Island was on a roll that day: only ten riders made it to the finish line to complete the race.
Marc Márquez – 2014 at Motegi
This was the second title for #93 in MotoGP, and he clinched it at Honda’s home base. This win came during an impeccable season in which he notched 13 victories, 10 of them consecutive: from the Qatar GP to Indianapolis. With four races left in the season, #93 brought the title back to Cervera after making the podium and gathering 20 points which made him the World Champion mathematically.
Marc Márquez – 2016 at Motegi
The 2016 World Championship will be remembered for its multiple winners throughout the year. With nine different riders having stood atop the box during the season, there was a feeling in the air that anything could happen. But Márquez, with strategy and faith in his consistency, took the lead and ultimately the title itself. The second title in Motegi came with a surprising victory that no one expected, explained only in Marc’s own words: ‘The impossible is possible’.
We’ve got another four decisive races ahead of us on the calendar, and they’re part of the Asian tour. We know we’ve done it before, and we’ve got unforgettable memories of those moments. That’s why the team’s fully motivated to do it again as they travel to the first race. Stick it to the metal!