Marc Marquez finally breaks duck at Australian grand prix

Marc Marquez of Spain and the Repsol Honda team leads Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP  at Phillip Island. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Marc Marquez of Spain and the Repsol Honda team leads Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP at Phillip Island. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

HE HAD won the world MotoGP championship twice, but Marc Marquez had never won the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

The Spaniard has now set the record straight on that front, taking the lead on the final lap to edge out countryman Jorge Lorenzo, with Italy's Andrea Iannone and 2015 series leader Valentino Rossi back in fourth place.

After starting from third on the grid, Lorenzo looked to have too much pace for his rivals in a race that saw the riders reach speeds of more than 330kmh down the straight.

But Marquez, who had started from pole, threw down the challenge with nine laps to go, taking the lead on turn four.

His time at the front was short-lived, however, with both Lorenzo and Rossi getting past him just two laps later as the top four put on a stunning exhibition of wheel-to-wheel racing.

Any one of the quartet looked capable of taking the race, but in the end it was Marquez who timed his run to perfection, hitting the front with three turns to go.

With just two races left in the championship, Rossi (296) holds an 11-point lead over Lorenzo (285) in the standings, with Marquez now third on 222.



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