Marc Marquez prevailed in one of the greatest MotoGP races of the past decade to seal his first win in the premier class at Phillip Island in Australia on Sunday.
The Repsol Honda star produced an incredible last lap to slash Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo’s 0.8s lead, making a race-winning pass on the brakes at MG corner to secure a stunning triumph.
Lorenzo clawed back seven points in the title race on team-mate Valentino Rossi ahead of Saturday’s penultimate round of the championship at Sepang in Malaysia.
Italian hero Rossi made a lunge for third place at the same part of the circuit where Marquez overtook Lorenzo, but Ducati’s Andrea Iannone hit back to deny the 36-year-old four additional points as he secured the final podium place on the GP15 machine.
Only one second covered the top four at the finish after the quartet went to battle throughout the 27-lap race, which is being celebrated as one of the best MotoGP contests in the past 10 years.
Marquez, who had never managed to finish a MotoGP race at Phillip Island after being disqualified from the results in 2013 and crashing last year while leading, was toasting his 50th career GP victory.
“It was a really fun race - certainly one to remember - and it had different phases to it,” Marquez said.
“At the end I overtook Iannone and Valentino and I had a great last lap; I don’t know where I pulled that time out from, but it was what made the difference for us.”
Rossi now holds a lead of 11 points over Lorenzo at the top with two rounds to go.