Marc Marquez moved to within touching distance of a fourth MotoGP world title with victory at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. His sixth win of the season gave him a 33-point lead over his nearest rival, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, with two races remaining.
The 24-year-old Honda rider prevailed after another Phillip Island thriller, with the top eight riders duking it out over 27 laps and the lead changing hands on almost every corner at some stages. Marquez, clipped by French rookie Johann Zarco early in the race, bided his time and hit the front six laps from the end before racing away to take the chequered flag and moving to 269 points in the MotoGP championship.
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“Amazing, amazing, I knew before the race that today was an important day,” said Marquez. “Dovy was struggling a little bit this weekend and I was feeling really good. In the race I was just waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting. And then when there were seven, eight laps remaining, I just gave it everything.
“The fight was amazing.”
MotoGP great Valentino Rossi emerged from the ding-dong battle in second place with his Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales pipping Zarco on the line to round out the podium in third. “I enjoy very much, this track is unbelievable and it was a great, great race,” said Rossi.