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.

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.”

MotoGP 2017
Race Round 16   Australia

Race Results

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Humidity
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Track Temp
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Air Temp
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Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 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 KTM 16.251
10 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 16.262
11 Redding Scott 45 GBR 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 21.652
12 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 4 Repsol Honda Team Honda 21.668
13 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 3 Ducati Team Ducati 21.692
14 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 2 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 26.110
15 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 1 Ducati Team Ducati 26.168
16 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 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
Location Information

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
Width 13 metres
Left corners 7
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.900 kilometres / 0.559 miles
Constructed 1956
Modified 1988

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island, Ventnor, Victoria, Australia - View in Google Maps

www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au

Records

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)
2017 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)