Marc Marquez stressed the importance of his victory at Phillip Island as the Repsol Honda rider weighs up his prospects this weekend at Sepang.

The Malaysia round is the third successive flyaway race and the penultimate round of the MotoGP World Championship ahead of November’s finale at Valencia in Spain, offering Marquez his first chance to clinch the title.

His closest challenger, Andrea Dovizioso, won at Sepang in 2016 and Marquez said he was extra-motivated to extend his points lead at Phillip Island to build a cushion.

His victory in Australia has given Marquez an advantage of 33 points over Dovizioso with two races to go and Marquez says he will manage the race this weekend at Sepang with the championship in mind.

“We are happy of course to go to Malaysia having won at Phillip Island. I knew that it was very important to get a good result in Australia and try to open a bit of a gap before Sepang, which is a demanding round and where Dovi won last season,” he said.

“One of the main things there is the humidity and the high temperatures of course. I think it’s one of the more difficult races under the point of view of the physical conditions.

“One good thing is that the tarmac is good now as it has been re-surfaced not long ago. The grip also is nice. We’ll see how the situation will be and will try to manage it at the best for the championship.”

 

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