Fresh from victory, the Repsol Honda Team head to Australia for round sixteen
Japan GP winner – Dani Pedrosa – and teammate Marc Marquez are already en route to Phillip Island for the next MotoGP race.
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 3rd place finish in 2009 (MotoGP) and a 2nd place in 2013 (MotoGP). Marc also only has one win to his name here in 2010 (125cc), and two 3rd place finishes in Moto2 (2011, 2012). Both will be eager to put last year behind them, after the team suffered a double DNF.
"It wasn’t a great weekend in Japan but it could have been a lot worse. With the wet conditions it was not such a stress on my injured hand, so this is a positive. Now we go to Australia and I really look forward to this weekend because Phillip Island is one of my favourite circuits. I think it will be a better track for us than Motegi so we will work hard from FP1 on Friday to try and find the best setup. Now I will try to rest my hand for a few days as this track is very physical with many hard and fast changes in direction."
Marc Marquez Statistics | More Statistics
|Date of Birth||17/02/1993|
|Birthplace||Lleida, (Catalonia) – Spain|
|Hobbies||Mountain Biking, Video games|
|First Race||1998 “Enduro per nens”|
|Grand Prix Debut||2008 125cc Portugal GP (KTM 125 FRR)|
|GPs raced||232 (46 in 125cc, 32 in Moto2, 154 in MotoGP)|
|GP pole positions||91 (14 in 125cc, 14 in Moto2, 63 in MotoGP)|
|Total GP podiums||139 (14 x 125cc, 25 x Moto2, 100 x MotoGP)|
|Total GP wins||85 (10 x 125cc, 16 x Moto2, 59 x MotoGP)|
|First GP Win||2010 125cc Italian GP (Derbi RSA 125)|
|World titles||8 (1 x 125cc - 2010, 1 x Moto2 - 2012, 6 x MotoGP - 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)|
|Previous Results in Phillip Island||2014 DNF (MotoGP), 2013 DNF (MotoGP), 2012 3rd (Moto2), 2011 3rd (Moto2), 2010 1st (125cc), 2009 9th (Moto2), 2008 9th (125cc)|
"It was a great result in Motegi, after a difficult weekend. I am feeling really positive and we have good momentum as we head to Australia for the next race. Phillip Island can be tricky due to the weather conditions so we will work hard and try to get a good qualifying position. It’s difficult to know how the race will play out and we will have to see how our bike works there this year. Anyway we will be fighting hard and hope to be on the podium again!"
Dani Pedrosa Statistics | More Statistics
|Date of Birth||29/09/1985|
|Birthplace||Sabadell, (Catalonia) – Spain|
|Hobbies||Cycling, Motocross, Windsurfing, Cinema|
|First race||1997 Pocket bike race|
|Grand Prix debut||2001. 125cc Japanese GP, Suzuka – (Honda RS125R)|
|GPs raced||295 (46 in 125cc, 32 in 250cc, 217 in MotoGP)|
|GP pole positions||49 (9 in 125cc, 9 in 250cc, 31 in MotoGP)|
|Total GP podiums||153 (17 x 125cc, 24 x 250cc, 112 x MotoGP)|
|Total GP wins||54 (8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 31 x MotoGP)|
|First GP win||2002. 125cc Dutch GP, Assen – (Honda RS125R)|
|World titles||3 (1 x 125cc - 2003, 2 x 250cc - 2004, 2005)|
|Previous Results in Phillip Island||2014 DNF (MotoGP), 2013 2nd (MotoGP), 2012 DNF (MotoGP), 2011 4th (MotoGP), 2010 DNS (MotoGP), 2009 3rd (MotoGP), 2008 DNF (MotoGP), 2007 4th (MotoGP), 2006 15th (MotoGP), 2005 1st (250cc), 2004 4th (250cc), 2003 DNS (125cc), 2002 5th (125cc), 2001 7th (125cc)|
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)|