Newly-crowned MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will be going all out for victory at Phillip Island with the pressure of clinching the title now lifted from his shoulders.
Marquez, who edged Jorge Lorenzo for the win last year in Australia, is bidding for a third premier class victory on the trot following his wins at Aragon and again last weekend at Motegi in Japan, where he wrapped up his third MotoGP crown after Movistar Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo both dramatically crashed out.
“It's fantastic to arrive at Phillip Island with no pressure for the championship as the track is one of my favourites in the calendar along with Austin and Aragon. It's so fast and flowing and you really have a lot of fun riding there,” said the Repsol Honda rider.
“One of the main issues to take into account there is the weather. It's usually very cold during this period of the year and always windy, something that you feel a lot, especially at the end of the final straight. You have to find a setup to make the bike as stable as possible.
“We'll try to win some more races before the end of the year as there are also the Constructors and the Team titles to think of.”
Marquez will be joined in the team by 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden, who has been called in to replace the injured Dani Pedrosa.