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Marquez stretches lead with ninth win

Marc Marquez leads at Phillip IslandMarc Marquez moved closer to claiming the 125cc title as he notched up his ninth victory of the season with another crushing performance at Phillip Island.

Polesitter Marquez (Ajo Derbi) made it into the first corner ahead and was unstoppable thereafter, winning by a huge - by 125cc standards - six seconds. His only slip-up occurred after the chequered flag, when he managed to slide off the road on his slowing-down lap.

Marquez's title rivals Pol Espargaro (Tuenti Derbi) and Nico Terol (Aspar Aprilia) had to settle for second and third once again. By the time both escaped from the rest of the pack, Marquez was long gone, but they provided some entertainment as Terol hunted down and passed Espargaro in the middle of the race. Espargaro soon reclaimed second and pulled away, though, leaving Terol with the final step on the podium.

The result means Marquez leads Terol by 12 points and Espargaro by 17 with two rounds remaining.

Terol's team-mate Bradley Smith had got up to second for a while after a fast start. But he could not keep up with the top three, and spent the race embroiled in a superb dice with Efren Vazquez (Tuenti) and Esteve Rabat (Blusens Aprilia), which saw Vazquez sneak fourth in the end in a virtual dead-heat as they crossed the line.

Marquez's team-mate Sandro Cortese had qualified second, but tumbled down the order at the start and then crashed on the third lap.

Pos  Rider               Bike          Time/Gap
 1.  Marc Marquez        Derbi       38m13.008s
 2.  Pol Espargaro       Derbi         + 6.062s
 3.  Nicolas Terol       Aprilia      + 11.576s
 4.  Efren Vazquez       Derbi        + 19.032s
 5.  Bradley Smith       Aprilia      + 19.033s
 6.  Esteve Rabat        Aprilia      + 20.593s
 7.  Tomoyoshi Koyama    Aprilia      + 31.519s
 8.  Luis Salom          Aprilia      + 46.598s
 9.  Randy Krummenacher  Aprilia      + 48.730s
10.  Danny Webb          Aprilia      + 58.456s
11.  Adrian Martin       Aprilia    + 1m15.857s
12.  Sturla Fagerhaug    Aprilia    + 1m19.506s
13.  Marcel Schrotter    Honda      + 1m19.540s
14.  Jakub Kornfeil      Aprilia    + 1m19.543s
15.  Simone Grotzkyj     Aprilia    + 1m32.122s
16.  Jasper Iwema        Aprilia    + 1m42.366s
17.  Louis Rossi         Aprilia        + 1 lap
18.  Joshua Hook         Aprilia        + 1 lap
19.  Luca Marconi        Aprilia        + 1 lap
20.  Joel Taylor         Aprilia        + 1 lap
21.  Danny Kent          Lambretta      + 1 lap

Retirements:

     Lorenzo Savadori    Aprilia    3 laps
     Sandro Cortese      Derbi      2 laps
     Johann Zarco        Aprilia    0 laps
     Alberto Moncayo     Aprilia    0 laps
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