2018 World Champion Marc Marquez and Repsol Honda Team in Australia, chasing Constructors Title
After clinching the Riders’ Championship at Twin Ring Motegi with record-breaker Marc Marquez, the Repsol Honda Team has left Japan and is headed toward Australia, chasing a record 24th Constructors Title, which would also be Honda’s seventh in the past eight years.
With a 47-point lead and three races remaining in the season, there is a chance for the company to reach the prestigious achievement at Phillip Island on Sunday, when round 17 of the MotoGP World Championship will get underway at 4 p.m. local time (6 a.m. CEST time).
At the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Marc Marquez has 3 wins—1×125 (2010) and 2xMotoGP (2015, 2017)—plus 2 podiums and 5 pole positions.
Dani Pedrosa has 1 win in 250 (2005), plus an additional 2 podiums and 1 pole position.
“It’s a great feeling to arrive in Australia with the Title already won, and I really look forward to enjoying the end of the season. Of course there are also the Constructors and the Teams’ titles to think of, so we’ll try to keep the same level of performance and win more races to achieve those goals as well, as they’re important for us and for Honda. I love Phillip Island; it’s a fast track that always favours race-long battles that are a great show for the fans. I just hope the weather will be good because it can change from sunny and warm to cold and windy in a matter of hours. Anyway, we’ll see; we’ll definitely try to be at the front and have fun.”
“Phillip Island isn’t one of my favourite tracks, though we’ve also been able to get some good results there in the past. More recently, though, we’ve struggled to find the best setup. That said, we’ll go there and manage it as well as possible. Let’s hope to find good weather and to be able to use every session well in order to prepare for the 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 27.767s (182.4 km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2022)|
|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)|
|2022 Race Winner||Alex Rins (Suzuki, 2022)|