Marc Marquez is aiming to increase his lead in the MotoGP World Championship this weekend at Phillip Island after his points advantage was cut at Motegi.

The Repsol Honda rider came off second best in a final lap battle with main title rival Andrea Dovizioso at the Twin Ring circuit in the wet in Japan.

Marquez holds a slender cushion of eleven points over the factory Ducati rider but is confident he will even stronger this weekend in Australia at one of his favourite circuits.

“We go to Australia very motivated after Japan, where we scored good points at a track that’s normally tough for us, and in quite difficult conditions,” he said.

“I really look forward to this weekend because Phillip Island is an incredible race track, one of my favourites. It’s difficult because it’s very physical, with many hard and fast changes in direction, but I enjoy it a lot every year and generally I think it’s a better track for us than Motegi.

“I hope for good weather, and then we’ll see. We’ll work hard to try and find the best set-up and keep fighting hard for this championship.”


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Philip Island is Marc's territory and he will be very difficult to beat!

Looks like the temps will be on the cool side for the whole weekend.  I know MM and others have struggled here in the past with the right side of the tire getting cold and thus causing almost unexplained falls.

Let's hope for the sake of the championship that he doesn't push any harder on the cold side of the tire than he has to.  You just need to be one spot ahead of Dovi, but if you can win it, go for it, champ!