Marc Marquez says he will not change his approach at Phillip Island this weekend despite being on the brink of the MotoGP world title. The 20 year old could become the first rookie champion in the premier class for 35 years if he outscores Jorge Lorenzo by eight points in Australia but is trying his best to stay focused.
“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”.
The MotoGP championship was decided last year in favour of Jorge Lorenzo as Dani Pedrosa’s hopes evaporated and despite his indifferent record in Australia, Pedrosa arrives Down Under in high spirits following his victory in Malaysia.
“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!”