This Is War: Marquez Wins The Fight For Phillip Island

This Is War: Marquez Wins The Fight For Phillip Island

Written by  MotoGP Media on Sunday, 22 October 2017 14:32

AUSTRAILIA (October 22, 2017)- Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took his sixth win of the year in a scintillating Phillip Island showdown, breaking away from an eight-rider fight for the win in the latter stages to take to the top step.

After a tough race for title rival Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) as the Italian suffered an early run off and was only able to fight back to 13th, it leaves the rider from Cervera now 33 points clear in the standings. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took second as he came out on top of a three-way fight for the podium, with teammate Maverick Viñales taking third. Viñales is now out of the Championship fight, 50 points back with two rounds to go.

It was Marquez who got the holeshot but he couldn’t hold it into Turn 2 as a stunner from Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) saw the Queenslander slice through into the lead – and then start pulling away. Viñales was the man in third on the chase, as an incredible first lap then took another twist next time round into Turn 1, when Dovizioso went wide and dropped down to P20.

Then the race was on for the Italian, as a seven-rider train at the front closed in on Miller in the lead. Rossi and Viñales were the first to get through, and a lead group of Marquez, Viñales, Rossi, Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Zarco began to fight it out.

Marquez vs Rossi, Zarco vs Rossi, Viñales vs Marquez, Iannone vs Zarco…in one of the most aggressive and hard-fought battles of the season, decade or more, the passes came thick and fast – including a move for Zarco around the outside of Doohan corner – as rubber was left on the road; a little on opponents’ leathers and a little paint was swapped in one of the most incredible fights in history.

Once Marquez was ahead, however, the reigning Champion was able to begin pulling a gap with five laps to go. Pulling the pin as the battle raged on behind him, the number 93 began to sprint away – and the podium fight was down to three by the final laps: Rossi vs Viñales vs Zarco.

With some of the tightest lines ever ridden around the Island at times on that final lap, Rossi was able to take it – but all three were almost neck and neck over the line. And over that line, it was Viñales just edging ahead of the Tech 3 of the Frenchman – taking third for a return to the rostrum but a definite end to his chance at the title. Zarco's fourth, meanwhile, confirmed him as Rookie of the Year in 2017.

After Iannone getting pushed back in the latter stages, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) took fifth ahead of the Italian, with Miller, Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and another double delight for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing completing the top ten; Espargaro just pipping Smith. Dovizioso suffered late heartbreak after losing out on the drag to the line to both Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and coming home 13th, with Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) completing the top fifteen.

Sepang is now ready for business, with the next round soon on the horizon and 33 points swinging the pendulum in Marquez’ favour. But not everything goes to script, as Dovizioso found out at the Island – and the Italian won at Sepang last season. It’s time for a final stand.

MICHELIN® AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

MotoGP Race Classification 2017

 

Phillip Island, Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 176.4 40'49.772
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 176.3 +1.799
3 16 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 176.3 +1.826
4 13 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 176.3 +1.842
5 11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 176.2 +3.845
6 10 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 176.2 +3.871
7 9 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 176.0 +5.619
8 8 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 175.6 +12.208
9 7 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 175.3 +16.251
10 6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 175.3 +16.262
11 5 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 174.9 +21.652
12 4 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 174.9 +21.668
13 3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 174.9 +21.692
14 2 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 174.6 +26.110
15 1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 174.6 +26.168
16   53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 174.6 +26.252
17   19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 173.9 +36.377
18   76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 173.6 +39.654
19   22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 173.6 +40.400
20   8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 173.2 +45.901
21   9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 173.0 +48.768
22   23 Broc PARKES AUS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 172.4 +57.711
Not Classified
    41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 174.9 20 Laps
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