Marquez hopeful Phillip Island victory

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.