After a week of rest, the Repsol Honda Team prepare for a return to the legendary Phillip Island Circuit where they will be battling each other and the wild weather of the Bass Straight.
The final three races of the year are now underway and the Repsol Honda Team arrive back in Australia looking to end the season with a strong push. Phillip Island is known for producing incredible close racing and both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro will be looking to draw on past Australian success. But as always, the Australian Grand Prix looks set to be hit by brutally cold winds coming off Antarctica with forecasts predicting temperatures in the single digits.
Marc Marquez arrives in Australia after a pair of strong races in Japan and Thailand, building his strength and continuing to work on improving the Honda RC213V. The eight-time World Champion has won on three previous occasions at Phillip Island in MotoGP and arrives as the most recent winner after his 2019 performance. Marquez has shown consistent pace since his return – able to continue to fight inside the top five, a trend he will be eager to continue in Australia as his recovery progresses.
The Australian Grand Prix has seen some of Pol Espargaro’s best races, the #44 dominating the 2012 Moto2 race to win by over 16 seconds. After a string of difficult races, a return to a circuit with such fond memories should offer a boost to Espargaro. Espargaro has only finished outside the top ten in the premier class once at the Australian venue.
Action begins at 09:55 Local Time on Friday October 14 with the 27-lap Australian Grand Prix set to commence at 14:00 Local Time on Sunday.
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)|