A familiar face sitting in P1 for the Australian GP, the 2018 World Champion Marc Marquez sets himself up for a successful race at Philip Island. Where has Marquez historically dominated this circuit and what do we hope to see from him this weekend? Keep reading my fellow race fans…
First off, we are excited to see #25 Maverick Vinales close behind Marquez in P2, why? Because these two riders have incredibly similar historical indexes. And when I say similar, I mean almost identical indexes. So let’s break it down. Their speed indexes for all sectors combined are almost identical, with Marquez holding stronger individual indexes for T1, T2 and T4 and Vinales barely claiming T3. Surprised? Probably not as Marquez commonly holds unmatched sector speeds.
But here’s the catch, although their historical speed indexes are tight, Marquez’s and Vinales’s historical consistency indexes have a larger variation. And as we know, a rider has to maintain a certain level of consistency regardless of their sector times if they want to stay ahead of their opponents.
While Marquez dominated a majority of the sectors in regards to his historical speed indexes, Vinales has maintained a higher level of consistency over the years, holding a stronger consistency index in sectors 2-4. Again, are we surprised? Marc Marquez has a reputation for unbelievable sectors speeds but lacks consistency in his riding. With that said, he has used the 2018 season as a maturing season where he has improved his consistency in almost all races.
So what do we want to see from Marc Marquez on the Philip Island Circuit? We hope to watch a relaxed #93 on the circuit who falls into his groove with the same level of speed as he has historically cranked out but a significant improvement in consistency in order to remain in that leading position. Maverick Vinales has a lot riding on these last few races as he is only 30 points behind his teammate, Valentino Rossi. Claiming a podium position could help Vinales lock in a top three finish in the World Championship standings.
Good luck to all riders!