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Baker resists MotoGP's Marquez for 2015 Superprestigio win

In a nerve-wracking final lap, Brad Baker defends a Marc Marquez attack to win the Superprestigio for the second time, Jared Mees third.
In the end there was nothing in it. After a full evening of racing just 0.1s kept Brad Baker and Marc Marquez apart at the close of a nerve-wracking Superfinal with the American claiming his second Superprestigio win.

Both Baker and Marquez qualified for the final 16-lap shootout courtesy of winning their own classes and, after reigning AMA Grand National champion Jared Mees got a poor getaway, the race was contested between those two.

Baker led from the exit of the first corner and quickly established a half second advantage over Marquez as Mees scrambled to make his way through to third.

As we entered the second half of the race, Marquez began to chip away at the lead and while he was close enough to show Baker his front wheel on several occasions, the opportunity to make a clean move never presented itself.

Never one to accept second without a fight, Marquez tried valiantly through the final left-hand swoop, opting for a wide entry in the hope to power past Baker on the inside. Despite coming together, Baker consummately held his nerve to cross the line 0.1s in front.

An absentee from the 2014 race thanks to a frightening qualifying spill, Baker gained sweet revenge on fellow countryman Mees after he lost out in the Superprestigio of the Americas just two weeks before.

Mees was unable to hone in on the front two after making his way through to third and eventually settled for his second consecutive podium finish at the event.

An impressive Alex Rins was a fine fourth after gaining in speed throughout the evening. The 2015 Moto2 runner up didn't trouble the front three in the first three heats of the Superprestigio class finals but successfully held off fellow Spaniard Dani Ribalta, 4 seconds off the winner.

Xavi Vierge was sixth while Masatoshi Ohmori and Federik Lindgren were the last men to come home.




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