Phillip Island MotoGP: Marc Marquez beats Jorge Lorenzo on last lap

Honda's Marc Marquez staged a sensational late comeback to snatch victory from Jorge Lorenzo in a frenetic MotoGP race at Phillip Island

Phillip Island MotoGP: Marc Marquez beats Jorge Lorenzo on last lap

Lorenzo had led for the majority of the Australian Grand Prix, but with second still cut into Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi's lead in the championship, the Italian deposed from a podium on the final lap by Andrea Iannone.

Ducati rider Iannone shot into the lead off the line, as Lorenzo jumped past Marquez for second on his Yamaha at Doohan.

Lorenzo then muscled his way past Iannone for the lead, and began to pull a gap after a brief exchange with the Italian.

That escape was aided by a colossal scrap between Iannone, Marquez and Rossi, the latter having picked off Maverick Vinales, Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa in the opening laps.

Marquez eventually broke away in second in the middle part of the race and began to reel Lorenzo in, before perfecting a pass up the inside at Honda four laps later.

Their scrap for the lead became a four-way one once more though as Iannone and Rossi clawed their way back to the front, and Marquez was shuffled back down to fourth.

Victory looked all but sealed for Lorenzo with the Spaniard again allowed to escape, but after regaining second on the run to Doohan on the final lap, Marquez clawed back ground on his compatriot before stuffing his Honda down the inside at MG to snatch the lead, and the win.

Iannone perfected a similar pass on Rossi at the same turn to complete the podium.

Pedrosa came out on top of another race-long scrap between himself, Vinales and Crutchlow, the Honda man eventually claiming fifth after pulling clear in the final laps.

Pol Espargaro beat brother Aleix to eighth, with a subdued Bradley Smith completing the top 10 on his Tech 3 Yamaha.

RESULTS - 27 LAPS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 40m33.849s
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 0.249s
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 0.930s
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1.058s
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 5.062s
6 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 6.800s
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 9.375s
8 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 18.401s
9 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 20.039s
10 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 20.657s
11 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 21.846s
12 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 22.840s
13 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 29.168s
14 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 37.244s
15 Jack Miller LCR Honda 40.192s
16 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 48.263s
17 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 48.572s
18 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 48.677s
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 50.201s
20 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 50.262s
21 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 50.277s
22 Toni Elias Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m20.942s
23 Anthony West AB Motoracing Honda 1m23.454s
- Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda Retirement
- Damian Cudlin IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Rider Points
1 Valentino Rossi 296
2 Jorge Lorenzo 285
3 Marc Marquez 222
4 Andrea Iannone 188
5 Dani Pedrosa 165
6 Bradley Smith 158
7 Andrea Dovizioso 153
8 Cal Crutchlow 107
9 Danilo Petrucci 97
10 Pol Espargaro 96
11 Aleix Espargaro 88
12 Maverick Vinales 84
13 Scott Redding 78
14 Yonny Hernandez 49
15 Hector Barbera 30
16 Loris Baz 28
17 Alvaro Bautista 28
18 Jack Miller 17
19 Nicky Hayden 16
20 Stefan Bradl 11
21 Eugene Laverty 9
22 Michele Pirro 8
22 Katsuyuki Nakasuga 8
24 Mike Di Meglio 8
25 Hiroshi Aoyama 5
26 Takumi Takahashi 4
27 Alex de Angelis 2


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