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Repsol Honda team arrive in Australia on a high

Repsol Honda team arrive in Australia on a high

Fresh from Marc Marquez’s successful title defence at Motegi - Honda’s home circuit - the Repsol Honda Team are en route to Australia for Round 16 of the World Championship.

In Japan Marquez was crowned as the youngest ever back-to-back premier class 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 three points behind them on 227, the fight will be intense with just three races of 2014 remaining.

Both Repsol Honda riders have had mixed results at Phillip Island in the past, Pedrosa celebrating a solitary win there in 2005 (250cc) a second place last year (MotoGP™) and a third place finish in 2009 (MotoGP). Marquez also has one win to his name there in 2010 (125cc), and two third place finishes in Moto2™ (2011, 2012) and is eager to put last year behind him, after receiving a black flag during the race.

Newly crowned 2014 MotoGP World Champion Marquez commented, “What we achieved in Japan a few days ago is still sinking in. To win the Championship in my first two years is a real dream and I must thank all my family, my team, Honda and Repsol for all their commitment and dedication. Now we can relax a little, but not too much.”

“I still want to win races and finish the season on a high. Phillip Island was a bit of a nightmare for me last year so I have a score to settle! I like the track, it’s a lot of fun, so let’s hope the weather is nice so we can really enjoy the weekend.”

Pedrosa added, “The race in Japan was a little frustrating so I’m looking forward to getting to Phillip Island and putting it behind me. Obviously we tested there earlier in the year but we’ll have to see how the conditions are now, some months later. The goal is of course to take second place in the Championship and I will be pushing 100% to achieve this. The layout is exciting to ride and the races are always fun, but let’s hope there are no issues like in 2013.”

MotoGP, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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