Motegi race winner Andrea Dovizioso says MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez is the favourite for victory this weekend at Phillip Island.

Dovizioso chalked up his fifth win of the season after a thrilling head-to-head with Marquez in the wet in Japan, reducing the Repsol Honda rider’s title cushion to 11 points with three races left.

The Italian anticipates a more difficult weekend in Australia against Marquez but is taking heart from a strong ride at Phillip Island last year, when he finished fourth on the factory Ducati following a close fight with Maverick Vinales.

“For sure Phillip Island is one of Marquez’s favourite tracks, and the situation will probably be a bit more difficult for us, but last year we did a good race and so we must try and work in the best possible way throughout the weekend,” said Dovizioso.

“There are now just three rounds left until the end and anything can happen: we must try and always be fast at every circuit and in every condition. On paper we are not favourites for the win in Australia but we’ll be fighting as hard as ever.”

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