Marc Márquez qualified third in the Q2 session held this morning. Starting from the front row, he was down in fifth on Lap 4.
Gradually he regained ground, and from Lap 10 he escaped just behind Máverick Viñales, who he overtook at the beginning of the last time around the Phillip Island track.
With today’s victory, Márquez has 11 wins and 5 second positions from 17 races, beating Mick Doohan to become the rider with the most premier class wins in Honda’s history.
“It has been a crazy weekend with the weather and everything. Maverick was very fast today, but I was able to follow him and start slowly cooking the victory. Viñales started to push very hard and very fast at the front, but I knew that if I could stay with him for four or five laps then the victory was possible. The Repsol Honda Team have done a great job with the limited track time we have had. We had to gamble a little bit with the soft rear tyre and it was on the limit in the end, but we were able to win! It’s really special to take this 55th win with Honda, I feel incredible with the Honda family and I’m excited to enjoy this moment with them and the team.“