As the lights went underway for the wet race at the Sepang International Circuit, Marc Marquez had an incredible start and took the holeshot from the third row. Johann Zarco passed Marc as he went wide into a turn along with Lorenzo. Zarco went on to lead at the front by a great margin of around 1.5 seconds, and was followed by Lorenzo and Marquez.
Dovizioso was stranded at P4 behind Marc and desperately tried to get at the front. Factory Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales suffered in the wet conditions yet again as Rossi was seen at P7 and Viñales struggling to get inside the top 10. In a few laps Dovizioso took out Marquez while Lorenzo passed Zarco to take the lead. Marquez started dropping behind the lead group while Dovi attacked Zarco for a P2. The Ducati duo Lorenzo and Dovizioso were at the front for most the race towards the end. Lorenzo continued to lead the race comfortably by more than a second, but Dovizioso had a job to be done. He chased on with just a handful of laps remaining to take the lead while Lorenzo almost lost his front in a left hander allowing his teammate. Marc Marquez made a sole race at P4 without any battles and was followed by teammate Dani Pedrosa at the back at P5.
Danilo Petrucci had to start the race from the back of the grid, as his first bike had a mechanical problem in the sighting lap. Yet Petrucci rode incredibly to come home at P6. Valentino Rossi suffered with grip issues and finished at P7 followed by the Australian Jack Miller. The top 10 of the standing is completed by Maverick Viñales and Pol Espargaro. Alex Rins suffered two crashes at Turn 1 and Turn 14 respectively and retired from the race. Sam Lowes, Loris Baz and Karel Abraham also crashed out from the race.
The Final round of the MotoGP World Championship is scheduled in two weeks time back in Europe at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. Marc Marquez is now 21 points ahead of his closest rival Andrea Dovizioso going into the final race of the Championship. The Valencia GP is known to be a great track for Yamaha as well, and we have to wait to watch them in action. Meanwhile stay tuned to BikesMedia for further updates on the 2017 World Championship.
By: Aravind Rb