Marquez wins four-way Island battle

Author: Dave Fern Pics: Tony Goldsmith Posted: 18 Oct 2015

Marquez won the race

Marc Marquez snatched a dramatic last lap victory over Jorge Lorenzo and that did his boyhood hero Valentino Rossi who finished fourth, behind Andrea Iannone, a massive favour. 

The remarkable 36 year old Italian remains on course for an eighth elite title as result, with his lead over Lorenzo, though reduced, still eleven points, and that means that Rossi can take the crown with second places in each of the remaining two races.

Marquez who had taken his eighth pole start was out-gunned early on by Ducati’s Iannone who made a lightening start only to be taken by Lorenzo on the opening lap and that heralded the start of a four way scrap for victory that ran throughout this all action race. 

Rossi who again was paying the price for poor qualifying, started from the third row, but was son battling his way into contention as he knew that he could not afford to give anything away to Lorenzo, the only rider to stand between him and an eighth elite title.

Lorenzo led most of the race but was reeled in

Lorenzo had lead but there was no way he could pull away with Marquez closing in and shortly after half distance of the Repsol Honda rider was in front, holding the lead for three laps before the Lorenzo was back ahead. Meanwhile Iannone was having the better of the exchanges with Rossi.

But then it was all change as this race-long thriller took another twist.  Marquez was hot on the charge, setting his fastest lap and then with three corners remaining he had snatched the victory, his fifth of the season and his 50th in Grand Prix. He crossed the line 0.249secs ahead Lorenzo.  Iannone held off Rossi who finished fourth, with little more than a second between the four of them.

Dani Pedrosa ran fifth on his Repsol Honda ahead of Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales while Cal Crutchlow was the best of the British riders, seventh on the LCR Honda while Bradley Smith was tenth on the MonsterTech3 Yamaha, just in front of Scott Redding on the MarcVDS Honda.

Marquez won in Phillip Island

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