We have more to come from the MotoGP weekend at Phillip Island but here is a great gallery from Leonard Smith of the wet Sunday action.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took his sixth MotoGP™ 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. Viñales was the man in third on the chase, as an incredible first lap then took another twist when Dovizioso went wide and dropped down to P20.
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.
in one of the most aggressive and hard-fought battles of the season, decade or more, the passes came thick and fast; a little on opponents’ leathers and a little paint was swapped in one of the most incredible five-way fights in history.
With Marquez ahead, however, the reigning Champion was able to begin pulling a gap with five laps to go. As the number 93 began to sprint away, the podium fight was down to three by the final laps: Rossi vs Viñales vs Zarco.
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By Leonard Smith, October 2017
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