Marquez snatches last-gasp win in Australia

Sun Oct 18, 2015 3:14am EDT
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Outgoing MotoGP champion Marc Marquez snatched the lead from Jorge Lorenzo on a thrilling last lap to win a classic Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, with championship leader Valentino Rossi finishing fourth.

At the climax of a white-knuckle feast of daredevil racing between the top four place-getters, Marquez coaxed his Honda past Lorenzo before the final turn and roared home to win his first race at Phillip Island and fifth of the season.

Having grabbed and lost the lead time and again over the course of the race, Lorenzo initially cut a dejected figure when crossing for second place.

He quickly cheered, however, having closed the gap on leader Rossi to 11 points ahead of the penultimate race in Malaysia next week.

Double world champion Lorenzo had Andrea Iannone to thank for keeping a rampaging Rossi off the podium, with the unfancied Italian enjoying one of his finest days on a Ducati to take third on a glorious afternoon at the seaside circuit.

Lorenzo said in a trackside interview that Marquez had made an "unbelievable last lap".

"I was lucky that Andrea got the podium," he added.

Iannone capitalized on a solid start from second on the grid to sweep past pole-sitter Marquez but held the lead for only moments before Lorenzo swooped at turn eight.   Continued...

Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Spain celebrates after finishing in pole position during the qualifying session before the Australian Grand Prix on Phillip Island October 17, 2015. REUTERS/Brandon Malone