Jorge Lorenzo has kept the 2013 title hunt going, taking a controversial win at Phillip Island in Australia.
Jorge Lorenzo (left) and Marc Marquez (right) battling for the championship in Australia. Image: Darren Staples/ABC News
Jorge Lorenzo has kept the title chase alive, taking the win in today’s Australian Grand Prix at the Phillip Island circuit.
The Spaniard started on pole position ahead of his championship rival Marc Marquez, with Marquez unable to wrap-up the title in Australia.
With the Phillip Island circuit recently resurfaced, this caused major tyre degradation, with Bridgestone ruling a mandatory bike swap in the middle of the race, causing a major change in the outcome of the race.
Lorenzo had a great battle with the Repsol Honda team of Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, holding the pair off going into the mandatory bike swap pit-stop.
Pedrosa pitted first from the winning trio, but later had to drop a position when he was caught exceeding 60km/h in pit-lane.
Lorenzo and Marquez stayed out when Pedrosa was pitting, with the pair set to pit at the same time, but a communication error saw Marquez hold out an extra lap, therefore missing the pit window of Lap 10.
Marquez was then penalised by being black flagged from the grand prix, resulting in a DNF for the 20-year-old.
The battle was then between Lorenzo and Pedrosa, but the Yamaha factory rider was too strong, taking the win and crawling back an 18-points gap for the MotoGP title.
Pedrosa finished second, with Valentino Rossi making the podium in third place.
Only two rounds remain in the MotoGP 2013 season, with the next round held at Suzuka next weekend.
Written by Loren Hazelwood