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Marquez: “It wasn’t a great weekend in Japan”

Marquez: “It wasn’t a great weekend in Japan”

With an ever-improving hand, Marc Marquez looks for his first premier class win at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Rain on race day in Japan made the race easier for Marc Marquez, but the Repsol Honda rider had still hoped to come away from Honda’s home circuit with more than fourth. Wet conditions reduce the speed and amount of force in a MotoGP™ race which saved his recently injured left hand from brutal punishment. Attention now turns to Phillip Island, the home of the Australian GP and the only track on the MotoGP™ World Championship calendar where Marquez has never finished a premier class race. With each day the Spaniard’s injured left hand improves and with less heavy braking than Motegi, the coastal Australian circuit should present less of an issue. His fourth at the Japanese GP has mathematically ruled the four-time champion out of contention for the 2015 crown, his aim now focused on wins and 2016.

His lone win came in 2010 when racing in the 125cc class. Marquez had a comfortable lead in the 2014 Australian GP before losing the front on entry into MG, making it two DNFs in two years. Despite the recently poor results, Phillip Island remains one of Marquez’s favourite circuits, the fast and flowing corners and beautiful ocean backdrop making it one of the most unique tracks on the calendar. As Australia begins to settle into summer, Phillip Island can often produce cold and windy conditions due to its coastal location, the wind especially causing issues for riders and bikes and often sees ‘Swiss cheese fairings’ in which holes are drilled to allow wind to pass through.

Marc Marquez: “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."

MotoGP, 2015, PRAMAC AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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