Marquez claims brilliant Aust MotoGP win

Repsol Honda star Marc Marquez has one hand on the 2017 MotoGP world title after he claimed a brilliant win at the Australian grand prix.

The Spaniard took the lead at Phillip Island with seven laps to go and cleared out to score his sixth win of the season, opening up a 33-point gap on main rival Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, who finished 13th.

Movistar Yamaha pair Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales finished second and third respectively.

Local favourite Jack Miller got off to a brilliant start from fifth on the grid and led his home race before fading to seventh.

The notoriously volatile Phillip Island weather that saw the Moto3 red-flagged when rain lashed the circuit cleared with the MotoGP race run in bright sunshine.

Pole-sitter Marquez led into turn one, but Miller soon made his move and was a surprise race leader on his Marc VDS Honda for nearly five laps.

A lead group of eight riders battled it out throughout the enthralling race with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Racing) Vinales and Rossi also leading at different stages.

Australian Broc Parkes, a replacement rider for Monster Yamaha Tech 3, finished last.

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