Australian Grand Prix - Phillip Island - Preview
Date : 15/10/2013        

Fresh from victory in Malaysia the Repsol Honda Team head to Australia

Fresh from victory in Malaysia the Repsol Honda Team head to Australia

After their fantastic 1-2 finish in Sepang on Sunday, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team are already en route to Phillip Island in Australia.

The Phillip Island circuit is blessed with breathtaking scenery and beautiful ocean views and, as one of the fastest most fluid tracks on the calendar, it continues to provide some of the most spectacular racing of the MotoGP season. Both riders have had mixed results here in the past, Dani celebrating a solitary win here in 2005 (250cc) and a 3rd place finish in 2009 (MotoGP). Marc also only has one win to his name here in 2010 (125cc), and two 3rd place finishes in Moto2 (2011, 2012).

Dani closed the gap to Marc with his victory in Sepang, however, this weekend is Marc's first 'match point' as it becomes mathematically possible for him to win the Championship at this race - if he scores 7 more points than Jorge and doesn't lose more then 5 points to Dani.

As an additional bonus for the fans this year, one year after retiring from MotoGP, double World Champion and HRC test rider Casey Stoner will be joining fellow Australian World Champions Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner for a lap of honour on Sunday before the race, which starts at 16h00 local time.

Marc Marquez  Marc Marquez - Championship Standing: 1st - 298 points
"It was a good weekend in Malaysia and we took some very important Championship points. Now, without any time to rest, we head to Australia for the next race and we need to maintain the same direction and mentality as it's working for us in this moment. Phillip Island will be important for the Championship as there are only three races to go and every point makes a difference, but we will try to approach it as we do every race weekend, work hard from the beginning and keep our concentration"
Dani Pedrosa  Dani Pedrosa - Championship Standing: 3rd - 244 points
"I'm very happy with my performance in Malaysia and the whole team did a great job. I've had two days of rest after the race and now we head to Phillip Island and will look to finish these three remaining races as strong as possible. The track itself is a lot of fun - the layout makes for an interesting race - and I'm also excited to testing the new asphalt. I've had mixed results there in the past but I'm looking forward to step up a gear and enjoy the track!"

Championship standings

1 Marc Marquez 298 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 255 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Dani Pedrosa 244 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi 198 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 166 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista 136 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Stefan Bradl 135 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Andrea Dovizioso 120 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 102 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Bradley Smith 89 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Aleix Espargaro 83 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
12 Michele Pirro 50 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
13 Andrea Iannone 47 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
14 Colin Edwards 32 pts USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Hector Barbera 29 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
16 Randy De Puniet 27 pts FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
17 Danilo Petrucci 23 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
18 Yonny Hernandez 17 pts COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
19 Hiroshi Aoyama 13 pts JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
20 Claudio Corti 11 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
22 Karel Abraham 5 pts CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
23 Alex De Angelis 5 pts RSM DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
24 Michael Laverty 3 pts GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
25 Bryan Staring 2 pts AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
26 Javier Del Amor 1 pt SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
27 Martin Bauer 0 pts AUT S&B SUTER Remus Racing Team
28 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
29 Luca Scassa 0 pts ITA ART Cardion AB Motoracing
30 Ivan Silva 0 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
31 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance

Circuit information

First race 1989
GPs held 17
Laps 27
Race distance 120.096km / 74.628miles
Track length 4.448km / 2.764miles
Track width 13m
Longest straight 0.900km / 0.559miles
Corners 12 (5 right, 7 left)
Pole position Left
Grandstands capacity Temporary facilities as required
Circuit total capacity 150,000

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Circuit records

Pole position 1m28.665s (180.598Km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
Race lap 1m30.059s (177.803Km/h) Nicky Hayden (Honda, 2008)
Race time 40m56.643s (175.990Km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
MotoGP Wins 6 (Casey Stoner)
2011 Winner Casey Stoner (Honda)
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