We all know by now, Marquez can win the championship here and thus become the youngest ever premier class World Champion and the first rookie title winner since Kenny Roberts in 1978. If he wins, the ultimate honour will be his providing Lorenzo finishes third or lower.
Should be a great race!!
Nicky Hayden to race with Honda Aspar 2014 (crt) https://www.600rr.net/vb/showthread.php?t=397305
SR Mag article on Hayden http://www.sportrider.com/news/146_1...ming_together/
"Casey will be inducted as a MotoGP™ Legend at Phillip Island and he has told me he will be honoured to accept," says Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta. "He has been one of the best riders in the history of MotoGP™. His skills are amazing and he did something very special by winning two championships on two different makes, Ducati and Honda."
Round 16 of 18 will mark the first time a rider will be able to win the 2013 MotoGP™ world title and 20-year-old Marquez is the only one who could do so at Phillip Island. Should he score seven more points than current title holder Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) and five more than Repsol Honda Team colleague Dani Pedrosa, Marquez will become the first rookie World Champion since Kenny Roberts 35 years ago, as well as the youngest in the history of the sport.
“It was a good weekend in Malaysia and we took some very important championship points,” says the Catalan, who at Sepang finished second in a Repsol Honda one-two. “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.”
Teammate Dani Pedrosa also remains a title contender and, following his impressive third victory of the year at Sepang last weekend, is now targeting more of the same.
Phillip Island, the self-styled home of Australian motorsport, is steeped in motor racing tradition, with the first car races having been held there on public roads in the 1920s. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a permanent track was built in 1956. The circuit fell into disrepair during the late 70s and early 80s until it was bought in 1985 and given a AUS $5m facelift. MotoGP returned in 1989 and 1990 before becoming a regular fixture once more from 1997 onwards.
The Phillip Island circuit is blessed with breathtaking scenery and beautiful ocean views and, as one of the fastest, most fluid, tracks on the calendar, it continues to provide some of the most spectacular racing in the MotoGP season.
Stoner of course :P 1'28.665 (2008) on the Duc
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 298
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 255
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 244
4 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 198
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 166
6 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 136
7 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 135
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 120
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 102
10 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 89