Marc Marquez extends championship lead to 33 points

Rossi wins a last lap three-way battle for second

Dovizioso in doldrums at Phillip Island

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took his sixth 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.

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

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.

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

Viñales is now out of the Championship fight, 50 points back with two rounds to go.

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MotoGP 2017 – Round 16 – Phillip Island


 

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 – and then start pulling away.

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

Viñales was the man in third on the chase, as an incredible first lap then took another twist next time round into Turn 1, when Dovizioso went wide and dropped down to P20.

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

Then the race was on for the Italian, as 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.

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

Marquez vs Rossi, Zarco vs Rossi, Viñales vs Marquez, Iannone vs Zarco…in one of the most aggressive and hard-fought battles of the season, decade or more, the passes came thick and fast – including a move for Zarco around the outside of Doohan corner – as rubber was left on the road; a little on opponents’ leathers and a little paint was swapped in one of the most incredible fights in history.

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

Once Marquez was ahead, however, the reigning Champion was able to begin pulling a gap with five laps to go. Pulling the pin as the battle raged on behind him, the number 93 began to sprint away – and the fight to complete the podium was down to three by the final laps: Rossi vs Viñales vs Zarco.

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

With some of the tightest lines ever ridden around the Island at times on that final lap, Rossi was able to take it – but all three were almost neck and neck over the line. And over that line behind the nine-time World Champion, it was Viñales just edging ahead of the Tech 3 of the Frenchman – taking third for a return to the rostrum but a definite end to his chance at the title. Zarco’s fourth, however, confirmed him as Rookie of the Year.

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

After Iannone getting pushed back in the latter stages, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) took fifth ahead of the Italian, with Miller, Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and another double delight for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing completing the top ten; Espargaro just pipping Smith.

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

Dovizioso suffered late heartbreak after losing out on the drag to the line to both Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and coming home 13th, with Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) completing the top fifteen.

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

Sepang is now ready for business, with the next round soon on the horizon and 33 points swinging the pendulum in Marquez’ favour. But not everything goes to script, as Dovizioso found out at the Island – and the Italian won at Sepang last season. It’s time for a final stand.

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

MotoGP 2017 – Round 16 – Phillip Island – Race Results

  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 EG 0,0 Marc VDS 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 KTM 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 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 EG 0,0 Marc VDS 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 48.7682
  22. PARKES Broc 23 AUS 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 57.711
MotoGP 2017 - Round 16 - Phillip Island - Race Results MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 40'49.772 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.799 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.826
MotoGP 2017 – Round 16 – Phillip Island – Race Results
MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 40’49.772
ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.799
VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.826

MotoGP Championship Points Standings

  1. MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 269 Repsol Honda Team Honda
  2. DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 236 Ducati Team Ducati
  3. VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 219 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
  4. ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 188 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
  5. PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 174 Repsol Honda Team Honda
  6. ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 138 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
  7. LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 117 Ducati Team Ducati
  8. PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 111 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
  9. CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 103 LCR Honda Honda
  10. FOLGER Jonas 94 GER 84 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
  11. BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 70 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati
  12. MILLER Jack 43 AUS 65 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
  13. ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 62 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
  14. REDDING Scott 45 GBR 61 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
  15. IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 60 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
  16. ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 49 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
  17. RINS Alex 42 SPA 46 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
  18. BAZ Loris 76 FRA 45 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
  19. ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 30 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati
  20. RABAT Tito 53 SPA 29 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
  21. BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 25 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
  22. SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
  23. PIRRO Michele 51 ITA 18 Ducati Test Team Ducati
  24. KALLIO Mika 36 FIN 11 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
  25. LOWES Sam 22 GBR 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island

MotoGP 2017 - Round 16 - Phillip Island - Race Results
MotoGP 2017 – Round 16 – Phillip Island – Race Results

MotoGP 2017 - Phillip Island
MotoGP 2017 – Phillip Island