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Old 10-18-2015, 10:00 AM   #1
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MotoGP 2015 Phillip Island race results

Marquez takes his 50th Grand Prix victory in Australia

REPSOL Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken his 50th career Grand Prix victory at Phillip Island in Australia in one of the most dramatic MotoGP races of all time.

Marquez secured the race win by just 0.249s from Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, with Andrea Iannone completing the podium leaving Championship leader Valentino Rossi to settle for fourth.

The young Spaniard was involved in a race-long battle with the Movistar Ymaha team-mates and title rivals Lorenzo and Rossi, plus the Ducati GP15 of Iannone who qualified second on the grid.

Overtakes, contact with Championship title on the line and the usual bird catastrophe all happened on Phillip Island today.

Iannone led into Turn 1 with Lorenzo and Marquez hot on his heels. Lorenzo took the lead at Turn 8 as Marquez and his team-mate Dani Pedrosa made contact at Turn 10. Iannone re-took the lead on lap 2, only to be hit by a seagull on the entrance to Turn 4 which allowed Lorenzo to move back in front

Rossi, who started from seventh on the grid, sat back whilst overtakes and the exchanging of paint happened in front of him before he moved through the pack on lap 3. The ‘Doctor’ overtook Pedrosa and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow to move up to fourth on lap 4 to join the fun at the front.

Lorenzo started to eeke out an advantage at the front, and by the end of lap 7 he had opened up a gap of 1.4s. Lorenzo’s lead, however, was down to a second at the end of lap 13 and by the end of lap 14, it was just 0.5s from Marquez, Iannone and Rossi – 10 laps remained.

Iannone proved the incredible pace of the GP15 as he overtook not one, but two riders on Gardner straight, but it was Lorenzo who led with 7 laps to go.

On the final lap less than a second separated all four riders as Lorenzo led the pack across the line from Iannone, Marquez and Rossi.

Repsol Honda’s Marquez passed Iannone in the Southern Loop to move into second and then he set his sights on Lorenzo. Rossi came through on Iannone after contact at Turn 4, before Iannone fought back into 3rd through Lukey Heights.

Marquez fired past Lorenzo at Turn 10 whilst Rossi tried desperately to re-take third. Marquez remained in the lead for the remainder of the lap and even put in his fastest lap of the race as he took the chequered flag.

Lorenzo took second, his tenth podium of the year, which helps him to close the gap to Rossi in the standings to just 11-points with two races remaining. Iannone completed the podium in third – his third podium of the year and first since Mugello.

Marquez’s teammate Pedrosa came out on top in the battle for fifth as he crossed the line 5 seconds behind Rossi. The winner at Motegi had enjoyed an excellent race long fight with Maverick Viñales and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, who finished in sixth and seventh respectively.

Pol Espargaro won the battle of the brothers as he beat Aleix to 8th. Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith completed the top ten, finishing less than a second ahead of his compatriot Scott Redding on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda in eleventh.

LCR Honda’s Jack Miller took the Open class victory at his home grand prix by finishing in fifteenth.

Race results:

1. Marc MarquezESP Repsol Honda Team 40:33.849
2. Jorge LorenzoESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 40:34.098 (+0.249)
3. Andrea IannoneITA Ducati Team 40:34.779 (+0.930)
4. Valentino RossiITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 40:34.907 (+1.058)
5. Dani PedrosaESP Repsol Honda Team 40:38.911 (+5.062)
6. Maverick ViñalesESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 40:40.649 (+6.800)
7. Cal CrutchlowGBR LCR Honda 40:43.224 (+9.375)
8. Pol EspargaroESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 40:52.250 (+18.401)
9. Aleix EspargaroESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 40:53.888 (+20.039)
10. Bradley SmithGBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 40:54.506 (+20.657)
11. Scott ReddingGBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 40:55.695 (+21.846)
12. Danilo PetrucciITA Octo Pramac Racing 40:56.689 (+22.840)
13. Andrea DoviziosoITA Ducati Team 41:03.017 (+29.168)
14. Alvaro BautistaESP Factory Aprilia Gresini 41:11.093 (+37.244)
15. Jack MillerAUS LCR Honda 41:14.041 (+40.192)
16. Hector BarberaESP Avintia Racing 41:22.112 (+48.263)
17. Yonny HernandezCOL Octo Pramac Racing 41:22.421 (+48.572)
18. Loris BazFRA Forward Racing 41:22.526 (+48.677)
19. Eugene LavertyIRL Aspar MotoGP Team 41:24.050 (+50.201)
20. Mike Di MeglioFRA Avintia Racing 41:24.111 (+50.262)
21. Stefan BradlGER Factory Aprilia Gresini 41:24.126 (+50.277)
22. Toni EliasSPA Forward Racing 41:54.791 (+1:20.942)
23. Anthony WestAUS AB Motoracing 41:57.303 (+1:23.454)
DNF. Nicky HaydenUSA Aspar MotoGP Team
DNF. Damian CudlinAUS E-Motion IodaRacing
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