Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa won't have long to mull their double DNF at Phillip Island, as MotoGP heads straight from Australia to this weekend's Malaysian round at Sepang.

Newly crowned double world champion Marquez fell from a comfortable lead after being one of several high profile competitors caught out by the new asymmetric front tyre in the cool, late-afternoon conditions Down Under.

"It was a shame what happened in Australia, but anyway I was trying a different tactic and I'm lucky to be able to do this with the Championship already won," said Marquez, who pushed flat-out early in the race 'Mick Doohan style' only to fall when he eased off to monitor his advantage.

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"On the way to Malaysia we visited Jakarta for an event with Honda, riding a MotoGP machine there for the first time which was a nice experience," he continued.

"Sepang is a circuit I like and the Honda performed well there last year with Dani first and myself second. Finding the best set-up is very important here, especially in the braking so we will have to work hard on Friday and Saturday to prepare for the race."

Marquez set the a new unofficial MotoGP lap record during the first of last year's Sepang tests, but missed the second due to a broken leg in a training accident.

Pedrosa's Australian exit was caused by a mistake from Andrea Iannone and has left the Spaniard 25-points behind Valentino Rossi and 17 from Jorge Lorenzo in the fight for second in the world championship.

"I'm happy to put Phillip Island behind us and focus on the race this weekend in Malaysia. This is a track we all know very well and it's going to be physically demanding as always - due to the weather," said Pedrosa.

"The layout has a little of everything, fast and slow corners, hard braking and long straights. Let's hope we can get a good setup and give ourselves the best chance for the race on Sunday to be back in the fight for second position in the Championship."

Sepang is the first of two remaining rounds before the end of the 2014 season.