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Marquez delight after extending his advantage


By Robert Jones

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez won the San Marino Grand Prix in a thrilling race that culminated in a final-lap battle with France's Fabio Quartararo.

The Championship leader ultimately prevailed to move to 77 wins across all classes, the fourth most of all time.

"It's really nice to win here in Italy, but even nicer to have a 93-point lead in the Championship," the Spaniard said.

Maverick Vinales finished in third for his fourth podium placing in six races.

Marquez has 275 points heading into next week's Aragon Grand Prix, with Andrea Dovizioso second on 182 and Danilo Petrucci third on 151.

The 26-year-old said his motivation had been high after his spat with local hero Valentino Rossi in qualifying on Saturday.

"I knew there was no need to win because (Andrea) Dovizioso was far behind but what happened yesterday (Saturday) in qualifying gave me extra motivation and winning was the best way to answer," said Marquez.

Leading Race Positions: 1 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 42mins 25.163secs, 2 Fabio Quartararo (Fra) Yamaha 42:26.066, 3 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha 42:26.799, 4 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 42:37.823, 5 Franco Morbidelli (Ita) Yamaha 42:37.937, 6 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 42:38.907, 7 Pol Espargaro (Spa) KTM 42:45.213, 8 Joan Mir (Spa) Suzuki 42:47.675, 9 Jack Miller (Aus) Ducati 42:51.717, 10 Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati 42:56.619

Standings: 1 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 275pts, 2 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 182, 3 Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati 151, 4 Alex Rins (Spa) Suzuki 149, 5 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha 134, 6 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 129, 7 Fabio Quartararo (Fra) Yamaha 112, 8 Jack Miller (Aus) Ducati 101, 9 Cal Crutchlow (Gbr) Honda 88, 10 Franco Morbidelli (Ita) 80

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