Marquez Stands Tall On Podium; Rossi And Viñales Finish Second And Third In Australian GP

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The chances of factory Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso went almost down under as the Italian finished on 13th position at the Australian round of MotoGP. His rival and the current championship leader, Honda factory team’s Marc Marquez put on a stellar performance to secure a crucial victory at the Australian Grand Prix, the 61st win of his career, his 35th in MotoGP, and his sixth this year. Marquez is now 33 ahead Andrea Dovizioso, who remains his only rival for the Title of the 2017 World MotoGP Championship.

Marquez had to face an incredibly close, race-long battle in an eight-rider leading group formed by Marquez, Rossi, Viñales, Zarco, Iannone, Miller, Crutchlow, and Rins. He waited for his moment before taking the lead on lap 21, then pushed hard to pull a gap on his pursuers and crossed the line 1.799” ahead of Rossi and 1.826” in front of Viñales in third.

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“It was such an amazing race, I think we put on a fantastic show for the fans! I’m very happy, as I knew that today was important. Dovi was struggling a little this weekend, while I was feeling really good on the bike and had to make the best of it… I’m happy with the win of course, but even more with going to Malaysia with a 33 point advantage,” said Marquez.

Meanwhile, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales scored Double Podium on Phillip Island. With seven riders fighting aggressively for a place on the podium, the teammates had to give their all to put their YZR-M1s inside the top-3. They did just that and secured second and third place respectively and delivered the team its fourth double podium of the season.

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Rossi had a strong start from seventh on the grid and soon found himself in fifth position after the first few corners. He continued to push hard on lap 1, crossing the line in fourth place, right behind his teammate. The Doctor looked to be on a roll when he overtook Jack Miller for the lead two laps later, but chaos was about to ensue. Zarco and Marquez made a comeback as Rossi went wide in turn 4, with 18 laps remaining, and Miller did the same shortly after. The Doctor was riding in second place when, with eight laps to go, a touch of Marquez’ front wheel pushed him back to fourth. Yet, a manic four-lap dash at the end of the race saw the nine-time World Champion retaliate. With a two-second gap to Marquez, he focussed on holding off Zarco and Viñales and took the chequered flag in second position. This result earned Rossi his 17th podium finish at the Phillip Island track.

“All the riders in front were very aggressive, so you need to be more ‘stupid’, more aggressive, than they are. It was a great battle with Zarco, Iannone, Marquez and Viñales,” said Rossi.

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Viñales had a good start and immediately looked threatening behind frontmen Miller and Marquez. After two laps his tyres were warm and he was ready to make a move. As he overtook Marquez, he took Rossi with him. His teammate passed him with 23 laps remaining as they continued their chase after the leader. When Rossi overtook Miller, Viñales launched himself past both. He was leading the race, but it wasn’t to last in today’s frantic MotoGP battle. He soon had to deal with Marquez, Zarco and Miller again and the Spaniard found himself in fifth place, with 15 laps to go, behind his teammate. However, fighting with Zarco and Andrea Iannone pushed him wide and made him fall back to seventh place. He climbed back up the rankings, picking off Miller and Cal Crutchlow with five laps to go, and used his saved-up tyre life in the last laps to breeze past Iannone and overtake Zarco over the line for third place.

Australian GP Results:

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA25Repsol Honda TeamHonda40’49.772
2ROSSI Valentino46ITA20Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1.799
3VINALES Maverick25SPA16Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1.826
4ZARCO Johann5FRA13Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1.842
5CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR11LCR HondaHonda3.845
6IANNONE Andrea29ITA10Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki3.871
7MILLER Jack43AUS9EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda5.619
8RINS Alex42SPA8Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki12.208
9ESPARGARO Pol44SPA7Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM16.251
10SMITH Bradley38GBR6Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM16.262
11REDDING Scott45GBR5Octo Pramac RacingDucati21.652
12PEDROSA Dani26SPA4Repsol Honda TeamHonda21.668
13DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA3Ducati TeamDucati21.692
14ABRAHAM Karel17CZE2Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati26.110
15LORENZO Jorge99SPA1Ducati TeamDucati26.168
16RABAT Tito53SPA0EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda26.252
17BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA0Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati36.377
18BAZ Loris76FRA0Reale Avintia RacingDucati39.654
19LOWES Sam22GBR0Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia40.400
20BARBERA Hector8SPA0Reale Avintia RacingDucati45.901
21PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA0Octo Pramac RacingDucati48.768
22PARKES Broc23AUS0Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha57.711

Rider Standing After Australian Grand Prix:

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA269Repsol Honda TeamHonda
2DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA236Ducati TeamDucati
3VINALES Maverick25SPA219Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
4ROSSI Valentino46ITA188Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
5PEDROSA Dani26SPA174Repsol Honda TeamHonda
6ZARCO Johann5FRA138Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
7LORENZO Jorge99SPA117Ducati TeamDucati
8PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA111Octo Pramac RacingDucati
9CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR103LCR HondaHonda
10FOLGER Jonas94GER84Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
11BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA70Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati
12MILLER Jack43AUS65EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda
13ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA62Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
14REDDING Scott45GBR61Octo Pramac RacingDucati
15IANNONE Andrea29ITA60Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
16ESPARGARO Pol44SPA49Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
17RINS Alex42SPA46Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
18BAZ Loris76FRA45Reale Avintia RacingDucati
19ABRAHAM Karel17CZE30Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati
20RABAT Tito53SPA29EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda
21BARBERA Hector8SPA25Reale Avintia RacingDucati
22SMITH Bradley38GBR20Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
23PIRRO Michele51ITA18Ducati Test TeamDucati
24KALLIO Mika36FIN11Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
25LOWES Sam22GBR5Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
26NAKASUGA Katsuyuki21JPN4Yamalube Yamaha Factory RacingYamaha
27GUINTOLI Sylvain50FRA1Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
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