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Australian Grand Prix 2017

Today 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.

Marc Marquez at Phillip Island

The performance extended his Championship lead to 269 points, 33 ahead Andrea Dovizioso, who remains his only rival for the Title.

Marc was aware that today he had a chance that was too good to miss, on a circuit he loves. However, he 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, fighting hard and constantly swapping positions from the start to two thirds of race distance.

Marc 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.

Despite continuing to struggle at making the best of his bike’s setup, Dani Pedrosa determinedly fought with Dovizioso until the end of the race, passing the Italian on the last lap to take 12th place.

Marc Marquez

WINNER 

“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. When the race started I was thinking I had to stay calm and manage the tyres, but then Zarco hit me and I realized it was going to be a battle. I was in a group of fighters. I knew I had to push and defend, but also to attack. So I just tried to control the situation and then, with around eight laps to go, I just gave it my all. I pushed really hard for three or four laps and that was it. I’m happy with the win of course, but even more with going to Malaysia with a 33 point advantage!”

 

Dani Pedrosa

12TH 

“In general we had a hard weekend here, and even today I couldn’t improve the situation in any way. I think the team did a good job, but I wasn’t able to be strong. The warm-up was wet and I lapped fast, but I didn’t have the chance to try the setup changes that we used afterward in the race. On the first lap I went wide, as did Dovi, and I lost contact with the group. But also later I wasn’t able to keep a fast pace. We must keep focused and try and do better in Malaysia.”

Australian Grand Prix 2017 Race Results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamTime/Gap
1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA25Repsol Honda Team40’49.772
2ROSSI Valentino46ITA20Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1.799
3VINALES Maverick25SPA16Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1.826
4ZARCO Johann5FRA13Monster Yamaha Tech 31.842
5CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR11LCR Honda3.845
6IANNONE Andrea29ITA10Team Suzuki Ecstar3.871
7MILLER Jack43AUS9EG 0,0 Marc VDS5.619
8RINS Alex42SPA8Team Suzuki Ecstar12.208
9ESPARGARO Pol44SPA7Red Bull KTM Factory Racing16.251
10SMITH Bradley38GBR6Red Bull KTM Factory Racing16.262
11REDDING Scott45GBR5Octo Pramac Racing21.652
12PEDROSA Dani26SPA4Repsol Honda Team21.668
13DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA3Ducati Team21.692
14ABRAHAM Karel17CZE2Pull&Bear Aspar Team26.110
15LORENZO Jorge99SPA1Ducati Team26.168
16RABAT Tito53SPA0EG 0,0 Marc VDS26.252
17BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA0Pull&Bear Aspar Team36.377
18BAZ Loris76FRA0Reale Avintia Racing39.654
19LOWES Sam22GBR0Aprilia Racing Team Gresini40.400
20BARBERA Hector8SPA0Reale Avintia Racing45.901
21PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA0Octo Pramac Racing48.768
22PARKES Broc23AUS0Monster Yamaha Tech 357.711
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