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MotoGP 2015: Masterful victory for Marc Marquez in Australia

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di redazione Italia MotoCorse.com, 18 ottobre 2015

MotoGP 2015: Masterful victory for Marc Marquez in Australia

Marc Marquez starred in another spectacular race today, at one of the most beautiful and fastest tracks on the calendar. The reigning MotoGP World Champion claimed victory in the Australian GP, in what is his his fifth win of the season and 50th of his Grand Prix career. The Repsol Honda Team rider had a score to settle with Phillip Island, and was finally able to win there in the premier class after passing Jorge Lorenzo on the final lap. Dani Pedrosa, who upped his pace from practice, eventually finished fifth.
The MotoGP race at Phillip Island today is one that will go down in history. It will do so due to it marking the 50th victory for Marc Marquez across all classes, being the first that he achieved in Australia in MotoGP, and because of the amazing show put on by the Repsol Honda rider. The final lap began with four riders separated by less than a second: Lorenzo led the way and Marquez was in second place, having exchanged constant overtaking moves with Andrea Iannone and Valentino Rossi on the previous lap. Displaying all his talent, Marquez cut the gap of more than 6 tenths to Lorenzo, passed his rival and set the fastest lap of the race to take the win. 

Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa tried to stay in the leading group in the early stages of the race. However, he gradually lost ground and became involved in a different battle, eventually fending off Maverick Viñales and Cal Crutchlow in the fight for fifth place.  In five days' time, MotoGP returns to action at Sepang, Malaysia, in the penultimate round of the 2015 season.

Marc Marquez       1st       40:33.849
"It was a really fun race ‒ certainly one to remember ‒ and it had different phases to it. At the beginning there was a lot of overtaking, then when I passed Jorge it seemed that I was breaking away. However, I overheated the front tyre and had to slow my pace. At the end I overtook Iannone and Valentino and I had a great last lap; I don't know where I pulled that time out from, but it was what made the difference for us! I want to thank all the team, Honda and all the fans. After a difficult season it’s always nice to finish the year with some victories!"


GRAND PRIX OF AUSTRALIA - RACE RESULTS  
 1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 40'33.849  
 2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP + 00.249  
 3. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati Team + 00.930  
 4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP + 1.058  
 5. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 5.062  
 6. Maverick Viñales (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar + 6.800  
 7. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) CWM LCR Honda + 9.375  
 8. Pol Espargarò (SPA) Monster Yamaha Tech3 + 18.401  
 9. Aleix Espargarò (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar + 20.039  
 10. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 + 20.657  
 11. Scott Redding (GBR) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS + 21.846  
 12. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Octo Pramac Racing + 22.840  
 13. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team + 29.168  
 14. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini + 37.244  
 15. Jack Miller (AUS) CWM LCR Honda + 40.192  
 16. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Racing + 48.263  
 17. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Octo Pramac Racing + 48.572  
 18. Loris Baz (FRA) Forward Racing + 48.677  
 19. Eugene Laverty (IRL) Aspar MotoGP Team + 50.201  
 20. Mike Di Meglio (FRA) Avintia Racing + 50.262  
 21. Stefan Bradl (GER) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini + 50.277  
 22. Toni Elias (SPA) Forward Racing + 1'20.942  
 23. Anthony West (AUS) AB Motoracing + 1'23.454  
 24. Nicky Hayden (USA) Aspar MotoGP Team N.C. (18 laps)  
 25. Damian Cudlin (AUS) E-Motion IodaRacing Team N.C. (18 laps)  
  
 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION RIDER   
 1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 296  
 2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 285  
 3. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 222  
 4. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati Team 188  
 5. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 165  
 6. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 158  
 7. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 153  
 8. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) CWM LCR Honda 107  
 9. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Octo Pramac Racing 97  
 10. Pol Espargarò (SPA) Monster Yamaha Tech3 96  
 11. Aleix Espargarò (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 88  
 12. Maverick Viñales (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 84  
 13. Scott Redding (GBR) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 78  
 14. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Octo Pramac Racing 49  
 15. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Racing 30  
 16. Loris Baz (FRA) Forward Racing 28  
 17. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 28  
 18. Jack Miller (AUS) CWM LCR Honda 17  
 19. Nicky Hayden (USA) Aspar MotoGP Team 16  
 20. Stefan Bradl (GER) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 11  
 21. Eugene Laverty (IRL) Aspar MotoGP Team 9  
 22. Mike Di Meglio (FRA) Avintia Racing 8  
 23. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Repsol Honda Team 5  
 24. Alex De Angelis (RSM) E-Motion IodaRacing Team 2  
   
 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION CONSTRUCTOR    
 1. Yamaha 362  
 2. Honda 310  
 3. Ducati 237  
 4. Suzuki 120  
 5. Forward Yamaha 33  
 6. Aprilia 28  
 7. ART 2 


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