Marc Marquez writes another victory to his name by winning the race at the Phillip Island in Australia. It was an important win for the Spaniard as his rival Andrea Dovizioso was closing in on him for the title.
Phillip Island is a track which requires a strategy to complete all the laps without deteriorating the tyres over the limit. Marquez had his own strategy which worked wonderfully. He didn’t push the bike too hard during the initial part of the race to keep his tyres alive. As the race went ahead and remaining laps started to shrink up, Marquez started pushing himself and started gaining positions.
He said, “In this race track it is so important the tyre life and you cannot do all the laps at the maximum. I go out in the race and I did more or less the same strategy as in 2015, to be calm in the race and try and attack at the end. It was my job, my target, and in the end, it was going in a good way.”
While Marquez secured the first position in Australia, it wasn’t so fruitful for Dovi. He managed to finish at the 13th position which awarded him only 3 points. Following Marquez was The Doctor, securing the 2nd position and sharing the podium with his teammate Vinales. Jack Miller, who returned after recovering from his injury, finished at the 7th place.
Now the current 2017 MotoGP standings have Marquez leading with 269 points in total and a gap of 33 points from Dovi, who is at the second place with 236 points. Following Dovi is Vinales with 219 points while Rossi stands at the 4th place having 188 points.
With only two races to go in the 2017 MotoGP season, Marquez’s Australian GP win and 33 points lead will definitely help him to relax a bit and not push the limits too much. Next race is scheduled to take place on 29th Oct at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
Australian GP race results:
1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 40m 49.772s
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 40m 51.571s
3. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 40m 51.598s
4. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 40m 51.614s
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 40m 53.617s
6. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 40m 53.643s
7. Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 40m 55.391s
8. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 41m 1.980s
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 41m 6.023s
10. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 41m 6.034s
11. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 41m 11.424s
12. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 41m 11.440s
13. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 41m 11.464s
14. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 41m 15.882s
15. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 41m 15.940s
16. Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 41m 16.024s
17. Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 41m 26.149s
18. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 41m 29.426s
19. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 41m 30.172s
20. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 41m 35.673s
21. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 41m 38.540s
22. Broc Parkes JPN Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 41m 47.483s
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF