Marc Marquez is targeting a rostrum return in the Australian MotoGP this weekend at Phillip Island as the reigning world champion bids to add to his sole victory at the legendary venue.

Marquez finished fourth in the damp at Motegi in Japan, where he was unable to challenge for the top three despite qualifying on the front row alongside Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

The 22-year-old Repsol Honda star, who fractured the fifth metacarpal in his left hand in a mountain bike accident after Aragon, has yet to win a premier class race at Phillip Island, where his only win came in the 125cc class in 2010.

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"It wasn't a great weekend in Japan but it could have been a lot worse. With the wet conditions it was not such a stress on my injured hand, so this is a positive," Marquez said.

"Now we go to Australia and I really look forward to this weekend because Phillip Island is one of my favourite circuits. I think it will be a better track for us than Motegi so we will work hard from FP1 on Friday to try and find the best set-up.

"Now I will try to rest my hand for a few days as this track is very physical with many hard and fast changes in direction."

Last year, the Repsol Honda team suffered a double DNF, with Marquez sliding off while holding a four-second lead.


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Great champions are the ones who can cope with big losses, in that opinion Marquez isn't mature enough. His will to win and not settle for second is what costed him too many points this season. What will wonder me the most this weekend is the surface of the track. Does Bridgestone have tyres that will last race distance? There won't be any special treated tyres for more edge grip and I can't imagine that the grip levels have changed dramatically that will improve tyre life. For me Marquez wouldn't be the most logical choice to get on the podium, I have a feeling that the weather will cause a major upset.