The tropical climate of Sepang this week gives way to the cool spring of Phillip Island, a small island located at the southern tip of Australia. It is the scene of the sixteenth round of the MotoGP World Championship.
In Moto3, 14 points separates Alex Rins from the lead, after he took his twelfth podium of the season at Sepang. The Spaniard once again confirmed his candidacy for the title and was just 0.069s off a sixth win of the year.
Fourth in the championship, Alex Marquez once again challenged for a podium –missing out on his fifth of the season by just 0.4s and confirming his continuing progression in the World Championship.
“The Phillip Island circuit is one of the trickiest, because it has some very fast corners and the key there is to ride very precisely and corner well. It is imperative not to brake too much coming into corners, in order to maintain speed and ensure a quick exit. As we saw in Malaysia, in this class there are many riders with the chance of being at the front in every race –not just KTM, but also Mahindra and FTR. We are highly motivated after taking second in Malaysia and it will be important to start strong in Australia right from the first practice session, because if not, then you’re going to be on the back foot and this will show in the race.”
“Last year Phillip Island suited me pretty well from the start and I took ninth. It is a track which I liked and which is very special for all that comes with it. It has very fast corners, but also two or three slow ones that make it harder to find the ideal setup, because it forces you to find a good compromise. This year we arrive in Australia after quite a good race in Malaysia, but we have to see how I have recovered physically. I will try to work a bit over the coming days and see how we start off.”
Source: Repsol Media
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