Italy's MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso steers his Ducati during the first practice session for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island near Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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Andrea Dovizioso is looking to make further gains on Marc Marquez's world championship lead in Sunday's Australian MotoGP at the demanding Phillip Island circuit where he historically struggles.Dovizioso powered to his fifth win of the year at rain-swept Motegi last weekend in a pulsating final corner duel with Marquez to reduce the world champion's lead to 11 points with just three rounds left in the championship.Marquez has two victories around Phillip Island – in the 125 cc class in 2010 and the 2015 Australian MotoGP – along with two podium finishes and four pole positions.Marquez has had his madcap moments around the Phillip Island track, crashing out in last year's race while leading and already crowned world champion, and he also came off his Repsol Honda bike during the 2014 race.
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