Marquez hopeful Phillip Island victory

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Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez hopes to return to the top step of the podium when the Australian MotoGP takes place at Phillip Island this weekend.

The two-time MotoGP champion has a solitary win to his name at the legendary Australian track and goes into this year's race having finished in fourth place at Motegi on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Spaniard, in fact, is yet to win a Premier Class victory at Phillip Island, with his only victory there occurring at the 2010 event when he was still competing in the 125cc class.

"It wasn't a great weekend in Japan but it could have been a lot worse. With the wet conditions it was not such a stress on my injured hand, so this is a positive," Marquez said.

"Now we go to Australia and I really look forward to this weekend because Phillip Island is one of my favourite circuits. I think it will be a better track for us than Motegi so we will work hard from FP1 on Friday to try and find the best set-up.

"Now I will try to rest my hand for a few days as this track is very physical with many hard and fast changes in direction."

Marquez failed to finish last year’s race, sliding off after building up a four-second lead over the chasing pack.