Marc Marquez’s third MotoGP™ victory at Phillip Island has made him the most successful Honda GP racer in history, but first he wants to savour his victory in the Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
After drawing level with Australian great Mick Doohan last week in Japan, Marquez’s 55th win – and his fifth in a row – means he has scored one more than the five-time 500cc world champion.
Marquez took the lead on the 27th and final lap, ultimately sealing the victory when Maverick Vinales crashed off his Yamaha with two corners of the race remaining.
“An incredible victory because today, we were not the fastest at the racetrack,” Marquez said. “Maverick was faster than us, and I was waiting [for] him.
“I knew his tyres were not so good. I was happy to be in second place because I knew if I led, he would push a lot. That was the only chance for me.
“I was fast in the last sector especially. So on the straight we used our engine, so I am very happy. We are slow cooking; we are cooking a victory.”
Marquez has ridden for Honda since he broke into MotoGP™ in 2013 and in spite of some suggestions are that he may seek to move to a rival make in the future, he is widely expected to sign a new deal that will keep him with the brand past the end of his current contract, with expires at the end of next season.
“They are the biggest manufacturer in the world, so I’m happy and just enjoying the dream,” he said.
Marquez and the other MotoGP™ riders had a busy Sunday, with the two-part qualifying sessions held on Sunday morning after being postponed due to high winds on Saturday.
“The whole weekend has been crazy,” he said, and when asked about becoming Honda’s most successful ever rider.
“I am very happy to be one ahead of Mick. In Motegi I am equal with him, with more victories with Honda. Incredible. I will enjoy this, because you do not know the future."