Fresh from clinching the Rider’s Championship at Motegi – Honda’s home circuit – the Repsol Honda Team are en route to Australia for Round 16 of the World Championship.
This past weekend in Japan Marc Marquez successfully defended his 2013 title and was crowned back-to-back World Champion, and now all eyes are on the battle for second place. With both Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi joint on 230 points and Jorge Lorenzo now just 3 points behind them on 227, the fight will be intense with just three races of 2014 remaining.
The Phillip Island circuit remains one of the favourites with the World’s top riders. Located next to the Southern Ocean, the often windy circuit is a flowing blend of seven left-handers and five right-handers, with tricky, iconic sections like Lukey Heights thrown into the mix. The 4.448km circuit, located 140km south of Melbourne, hosted its first motorcycle GP in 1989 and has been an indispensable fixture ever since.
Both riders have had mixed results here in the past, Dani celebrating a solitary win here in 2005 (250cc) a 2nd place last year (MotoGP) and a 3rd place finish in 2009 (MotoGP). Marc also only has one win to his name here in 2010 (125cc), and two 3rd place finishes in Moto2 (2011, 2012) and will be eager to put last year behind him, after receiving a blah flag during the difficult race.
Phillip Island, the self-styled home of Australian motorsport, is steeped in motor racing tradition, with the first car races having been held there on public roads in the 1920s. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a permanent track was built in 1956. The circuit fell into disrepair… read more.
|Length||4.448 kilometres / 2.764 miles|
|Longest straight||0.900 kilometres / 0.559 miles|
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island, Ventnor, Victoria, Australia - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 27.899s (182.1 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2013)|
|Race Lap||1m 28.108s (181.7 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)|
|Race Time||40m 33.849s (177.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)|
|2016 Race Winner||Cal Crutchlow (Honda)|