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125: Marquez wins in Australia

Marc Marquez wins the 125cc Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
Marc Marquez, who became the first rider to achieve 11 poles in a single 125cc season on Saturday, strengthened his title lead by storming to his ninth victory of the year at Phillip Island on Sunday.

The Red Bull Ajo Derbi rider suffered a scare when he clipped a backmarker in the closing stages, but still won his third race in a row by over six seconds... then ran off track on his slow down lap!

The 17-year-old has now increased his points advantage from 3 to 12 over nearest rival Nico Terol, with two rounds to go.

Terol could only manage a distant third for Aspar Aprilia after being dropped by Tuenti Derbi's Pol Espargaro, the third of the title rivals, during the second half of the race.

Espargaro is 17 points from Marquez.

A video review was needed to confirm fourth place in favour of Espargaro's team-mate Efren Vasquez, who was declared as finishing just 0.001sec ahead of Terol's team-mate Bradley Smith.

Race results – Phillip Island:

1. Marquez (Derbi) 23 laps
2. Espargaro (Derbi) +6.062s
3. Terol (Aprilia) +11.576s
4. Vazquez (Derbi) +19.032s
5. Smith (Aprilia) +19.033s
6. Rabat (Aprilia) +20.593s
7. Koyama (Aprilia) +31.519s
8. Salom (Aprilia) +46.598s
9. Krummenacher (Aprilia) +48.730s
10. Webb (Aprilia) +58.456s

21. Kent (Lambretta) +1lap

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Roadrunner - Unregistered

October 17, 2010 5:57 AM

It's amazing to see how smooth he rides. Today it looked like he was just cruising around but was still in a class of his own. It seems like he doesn't even have to risk anything and still wins races. I can't see him losing the title this year except he gets kicked out again or due to technical problems. Watch this guy, he's got a great future ahead of him.

UPS - Unregistered

October 17, 2010 5:07 AM

Marquez still locked on course for the title. It might have been better if Terol had managed second just to keep things tighter at the top but the end result seems all but inevitable. I thought Smith rode a gutsy race with a great start and a brilliant save at one point. He was clearly losing out on the straights still due to the engine, poor aerodynamics caused by his height, or a combination of the two, but a respectable performance nevertheless.

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