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. 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.
|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||Marc VDS Racing Team||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||Yamaha||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||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||21.692|
|14||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||2||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||26.110|
|15||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||1||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||26.168|
|16||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||0||Marc VDS Racing Team||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|
Phillip Island, the self-styled home of Australian motorsport, is steeped in motor racing tradition, with the first car races having been held there on public roads in the 1920s. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a permanent track was built in 1956. The circuit fell into disrepair… read more.
|Length||4.448 kilometres / 2.764 miles|
|Longest straight||0.900 kilometres / 0.559 miles|
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island, Ventnor, Victoria, Australia - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 27.899s (182.1 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2013)|
|Race Lap||1m 28.108s (181.7 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)|
|Race Time||40m 33.849s (177.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)|
|2018 Race Winner||Maverick Vinales (Yamaha)|