Are there any records left for Marquez to beat? Not a lot, but there is one within his reach at Phillip Island, or rather the chance to beat Doohan and become the most successful ever Honda rider in the reigning class. One more victory and Marc will reach 55, no other rider ever having won so many races on the Tokyo bike.
And the goal is more than feasible of course. Marquez arrives on the back of 13 consecutive podiums, something he's never before achieved in his career. He's in incredible shape and has already won twice before in Australia, most recently in 2017.
"Mick Doohan is one of the first names in my memory, Doohan versus Criville on the 500cc, so to equal his incredible numbers is special for me” comments the world champion.
And Phillip Island could be the ideal track.
“It’s one of my favourite tracks, Phillip Island, I really enjoy riding there a lot, especially the left corners! But it’s a circuit where many others, and especially Yamaha can be strong. Normally we have a lot of competition there and it will be a challenge as always. Our target is of course to try to win, but once the weekend begins, we will see where we are and assess the situation. We approach the whole event with the same mentality."
As usual, Lorenzo finds himself in a very different situation. Despite his less than glowing result, the Majorcan believes he made progress at Motegi and hopes to confirm this at Phillip Island.
“I want to see if what we discovered in Japan can also help us there as it is a very different kind of circuit. I was unable to race there last year so I am looking forward to riding again, it’s a special circuit and in the past I have good memories of fighting for podiums and the win I had. Also we will have to pay attention to the weather because this can change the circumstances a lot.”