MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez reflected on the importance of his win at Phillip Island last weekend, saying it crucial for him to increase his lead ahead of this weekend’s race in Malaysia.
The Sepang round is the third and final leg of the ‘flyaway’ races before MotoGP returns to Spain for its finale in Valencia next month.
Marquez will have his first chance to clinch back-to-back titles in Malaysia after his stunning win at Phillip Island saw him extend his lead to 33 points over second-placed Andrea Dovizioso, who finished down in 13th place.
The Italian won at Sepang last year and that was one of the reasons why Marquez said he was desperate to extend his lead in Australia.
“We are happy of course to go to Malaysia having won at Phillip Island. I knew that it was very important to get a good result in Australia and try to open a bit of a gap before Sepang, which is a demanding round and where Dovi won last season,” he said.
“One of the main things there is the humidity and the high temperatures of course. I think it’s one of the more difficult races under the point of view of the physical conditions.
“One good thing is that the tarmac is good now as it has been re-surfaced not long ago. The grip also is nice. We’ll see how the situation will be and will try to manage it at the best for the championship.”