Marquez defeats Dovizioso in last lap thriller

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Sunday 7th October, 2018 - 9:32pm

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Marc Marquez has edged closer to another MotoGP championship with a last corner victory over Andrea Dovizioso at the inaugural Thailand Grand Prix.

In a highly competitive finish, Repsol Honda’s Marquez took the lead from Ducati Team’s Dovizioso at Turn 5 of the final lap, only for Dovizioso to slid down the inside at the final corner.

In wasn’t to be for Dovizioso, though, with Marquez using better exit speed to reach the line with a slender 0.115s gap, securing his seventh win of 2018.

With just four rounds remaining and a maximum of 100 championship points on offer, Marquez now holds a 77-point lead over Dovizioso.

From pole, Marquez led the opening laps before Valentino Rossi took the advantage, and held sway until Dovizioso swooped in.

Dovizioso would lead the majority of the race until the final five laps where Marquez mounted a real challenge.

The Spaniard tried a number of passing attempts, all of which failed and allowed the Movistar Yamaha pair of Maverick Viñales and Rossi to make it a four-way battle.

Marquez eventually took the lead at Turn 5 on the final lap and withstood the last-corner dive to secure a great win.

Viñales secured his first podium finish since the German Grand Prix, coming home ahead of team-mate Rossi.

Another Yamaha pilot, Johann Zarco, produced a fine ride to secure fifth on his satellite Tech 3 machine, passing Suzuki’s Alex Rins and the LCR Honda of Cal Crutchlow to score a top five place.

Fifth place looked set to go to Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), who had held the place until Lap 19 when he crashed out.

Nieto Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista finished eighth ahead of the Pramac Ducati pair of Danilo Petrucci and Australian Jack Miller.

The next round of MotoGP is the Japanese Grand Prix at Twin Ring Motegi on October 19-21.

Race results: Thai MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time/Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 39:55.722
2 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.115
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.270
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1.564
5 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +2.747
6 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +3.023
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda +6.520
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati +6.691
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +9.944
10 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +11.077
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +15.488
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +17.691
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +21.413
14 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +22.802
15 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +23.628
16 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +23.804
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati +32.507
18 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +37.216
19 81 Jordi TORRES ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +39.204
20 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +39.421
21 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +53.388
22 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 2 Laps
DNF 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 8 Laps

Championship points

Pos Rider Nat Pts
1 Marc MARQUEZ ESP 271
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA 194
3 Valentino ROSSI ITA 172
4 Maverick VIÑALES ESP 146
5 Jorge LORENZO ESP 130
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR 128
7 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA 126
8 Johann ZARCO FRA 123
9 Andrea IANNONE ITA 113
10 Alex RINS ESP 102
11 Dani PEDROSA ESP 87
12 Jack MILLER AUS 74
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP 72
14 Tito RABAT ESP 35
15 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA 33
16 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP 32
17 Pol ESPARGARO ESP 32
18 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL 28
19 Bradley SMITH GBR 19
20 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN 18
21 Scott REDDING GBR 12
22 Mika KALLIO FIN 6
23 Karel ABRAHAM CZE 5
24 Michele PIRRO ITA 1
25 Thomas LUTHI SUI 0
26 Stefan BRADL GER 0
27 Xavier SIMEON BEL 0
28 Jordi TORRES ESP 0
29 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA 0
30 Christophe PONSSON FRA 0

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