MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez, who can win the 2013 title at Phillip Island on Sunday, has revealed his dream heading into the season was third in the standings.

The Repsol Honda star needs to gain eight points on Yamaha's reigning double champion Jorge Lorenzo, and not lose more than three points to team-mate Dani Pedrosa, to become the first rookie champion since Kenny Roberts in 1978.

"I didn't expect [such a good year]," said Marquez at Phillip Island on Thursday. "Everything is going so good, so we will try to finish in that way.

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"But sure, in my best dreams it was impossible to expect this.

"I expected to be competitive and the best dream was to try to fight for third place in the championship - to finish in third place - but I didn't expect to lead the championship with three races remaining."

Just as at Sepang last Sunday, the 20-year-old is happy to settle for points if he perceives the risk of fighting for victory is too great.

"If on Sunday Dani, Lorenzo or Valentino - somebody - is much faster than us we will try to finish second or third. What is important is to take points for the championship.

Marquez also insisted that the pressure on his shoulders was actually larger last season, when he was expected to win the Moto2 title.

"Yeah you feel the pressure, but last year the pressure was much more in Moto2. I have the mentality that it is my first year and so the target was not that. I will focus and try to get it, but if for some reason I can't I will try to be quiet and think about next year."

Asked if Race Direction had made clear to him what kind of contact is and isn't allowed, after the events of the last two races, Marquez replied:

"It is difficult to define the line. In the end every situation is different. They [Race Direction] need to decide. But yeah, small contacts - contacts - is something we have always had in this sport and we will always have it."

Marquez's Repsol Honda predecessor Casey Stoner was undefeated at Phillip Island for the past six years. The Spaniard confirmed he has checked Stoner's data for the circuit, but will not try to copy the Australian's technique and believes the new asphalt will limit such comparisons.

"I checked his data [for Phillip Island] but tomorrow it will be difficult to compare because the new asphalt will be less bumpy," said Marquez.

"And in the end I have my riding style. Sure you compare and check [the data] everything, but you cannot go out just thinking 'Casey did it like that'. I will try to ride in my way."

Double world champion Stoner will be making his first MotoGP appearance since retirement this weekend, when he will be made an official MotoGP legend and take part in a parade lap with fellow Australian champions Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner.

"Casey will be here but he will be busy with his book and everything, but it will be nice to meet him again."