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Marquez is back on top after San Marino drama

 

By John Johnston

Reigning champion Marc Marquez returned to the top of the MotoGP standings as he triumphed at the Misano circuit in San Marino.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) initially led in wet conditions but after he crashed out, a tight battle at the front ensued between Marquez (Honda), Danilo Petrucci (Pramac) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati).

Dovizioso subsequently faded from a fight which was being won by Petrucci, before Marquez pounced on the final lap to seize victory, his fourth of the season.

Marquez finishing first and Dovizioso third meant the Spaniard moved level with the Italian overall on points and number of wins, and took the championship lead by virtue of more second places.

That pair are on 199 points with five more rounds of racing to go, while Marquez's compatriot Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) - fourth in Sunday's race - is third on 183 points.

After setting the timesheets alight and clear in the lead, drama then struck the head of the race as Lorenzo suddenly highsided out at Turn 6 - thankfully uninjured - leaving Petrucci in the lead and a long game of high speed chess to set in between Petrucci, Marquez and Dovizioso with nothing between them.

As the laps ticked on and the stakes seemed to get higher and higher, Dovizioso began to fade backwards and the trio became a duo in the battle for the win. The ring of the Honda getting louder and louder behind him, Petrucci held firm but Marquez chose his moment well, heading through at Turn 1 on the final lap. The rider from Cervera was then able to keep a small margin as the spray kicked up behind him, holding his nerve to take win number four of the year - and the Championship lead.

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