Marc Marquez needs to score just eight more points than Jorge Lorenzo this weekend at Phillip Island to become the first rookie World Champion in the premier class since Kenny Roberts in 1978.
And Marquez isn't putting his bike on cruise control this weekend in Australia, taking a joyride to the title. He's doubling down on his effort to seal the deal by studying the data of two-time World Champion Casey Stoner, who won in 2011 and 2012 at Phillip Island on an RC213V for Repsol Honda, the last two of his six consecutive MotoGP victories on home soil.
Marquez is banking on being quicker than Stoner's lap times in 2012, mainly because the Phillip Island Circuit has been repaved and is smoother.
"Casey was very fast, and we will try to know where he made that difference," Marquez said. "It's the first chance (to clinch title), but it will be so, so difficult because Jorge is so fast here. Last year, he finished second, but we know here that Casey was like an animal.
"I saw some video from last year, and Casey did some incredible lines. Stoner's record is almost unbeatable. Six victories at one circuit is quite a lot, but we know he was so fast here."