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Honda Team ready to rumble Down Under


Phillip Island [Australia], October 13 (ANI): After a week of rest, the Honda Team prepare for a return to the legendary Phillip Island Circuit where they will be battling each other and the wild weather of the Bass Straight.

The final three races of the year are now underway and the Honda Team arrive back in Australia looking to end the season with a strong push. Phillip Island is known for producing incredible close racing and both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro will be looking to draw on past Australian success. But as always, the Australian Grand Prix looks set to be hit by brutally cold winds coming off Antarctica with forecasts predicting temperatures in the single digits.

Marc Marquez arrives in Australia after a pair of strong races in Japan and Thailand, building his strength and continuing to work on improving the Honda RC213V. The eight-time World Champion has won on three previous occasions at Phillip Island in Moto GP and arrives as the most recent winner after his 2019 performance. Marquez has shown consistent pace since his return – able to continue to fight inside the top five, a trend he will be eager to continue in Australia as his recovery progresses.

The Australian Grand Prix has seen some of Pol Espargaro’s best races, the number 44 dominating the 2012 Moto2 race to win by over 16 seconds. After a string of difficult races, a return to a circuit with such fond memories should offer a boost to Espargaro. Espargaro has only finished outside the top ten in the premier class once at the Australian venue.

Action begins at 09:55 Local Time on Friday October 14 with the 27-lap Australian Grand Prix set to commence at 14:00 Local Time on Sunday.

“Phillip Island is a great circuit to ride, it is very different to almost any other track on the calendar. I’ve had a lot of memorable races there and it’s almost always a nice battle, especially in the first laps. You have to be very careful there with the weather, especially this year it looks like it can be very cold and with a lot of wind – it’s something we have to pay attention to. Again, we have to see what’s possible this weekend, I have kept training and I feel my condition getting better each day. After three races in a row, the week off was really welcome for me, ” said Honda rider Marc Marquez.

“I am looking forward to riding at Phillip Island again, it’s where I took probably the best win of my career in Moto2. It’s a really unique layout there and you always see a big group of riders battling. Returning home, seeing my family and doing some good training was a welcome break after three very busy weeks of racing. It hasn’t been easy the last few races but the last few races of the year have some different tracks. Let’s see what’s possible, with what some forecasts are saying – anything can happen, ” said Honda rider Pol Espargaro. (ANI)