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. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 40’49.772
2 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.799
3 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.826
4 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 13 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.842
5 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 11 LCR Honda Honda 3.845
6 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 10 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 3.871
7 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 9 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 5.619
8 RINS Alex 42 SPA 8 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 12.208
9 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 16.251
10 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 16.262
11 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 5 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 21.652
12 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 4 Repsol Honda Team Honda 21.668
13 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 3 Ducati Team Ducati 21.692
14 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 2 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 26.110
15 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 1 Ducati Team Ducati 26.168
16 RABAT Tito 53 SPA 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 26.252
17 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 36.377
18 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 39.654
19 LOWES Sam 22 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 40.400
20 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 45.901
21 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 0 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 48.768
22 PARKES Broc 23 AUS 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 57.711

Rider Standing After Australian Grand Prix:

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 269 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 236 Ducati Team Ducati
3 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 219 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 188 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
5 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 174 Repsol Honda Team Honda
6 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 138 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
7 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 117 Ducati Team Ducati
8 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 111 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
9 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 103 LCR Honda Honda
10 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER 84 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
11 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 70 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati
12 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 65 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
13 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 62 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
14 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 61 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
15 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 60 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
16 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 49 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
17 RINS Alex 42 SPA 46 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
18 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 45 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
19 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 30 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati
20 RABAT Tito 53 SPA 29 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
21 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 25 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
22 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
23 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA 18 Ducati Test Team Ducati
24 KALLIO Mika 36 FIN 11 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
25 LOWES Sam 22 GBR 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
26 NAKASUGA Katsuyuki 21 JPN 4 Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
27 GUINTOLI Sylvain 50 FRA 1 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
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