Australian MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo wins as Marc Marquez disqualified
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Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP world title hopes remain alive after he won a dramatic Australian Grand Prix which saw championship leader Marc Marquez disqualified.
Yamaha's Lorenzo, who started from pole and led throughout, now trails his fellow Spaniard by 18 points going into next week's penultimate race in Japan.
Riders had to change bikes mid-race because of safety concerns over tyres.
But Marquez failed to pit by the required time and scored no points.
After the race, BBC Sport's MotoGP presenter Matt Roberts tweeted that Marquez's Honda team had said it was a pit-board error which led to their rider being disqualified.
Dani Pedrosa was second while Valentino Rossi held off the challenge of Britain's Cal Crutchlow for third.
Lorenzo described the race as "crazy" because of the compulsory bike change but his maximum return of 25 points, coupled with Marquez failing to register, means the title race has been opened up.
"We were lucky," said Lorenzo. "Without the mistake from Marc I think he would have been first or second - now the championship has changed so much.
"Before the race we had no chance - a 2% or 3% chance - and now it's 20% or 30%.
"Let's see what happens in Motegi." [the venue for next Sunday's race in Japan]
After setting the fastest time in qualifying, Lorenzo started well from pole and held off Marquez and Pedrosa in the opening lap before looking very comfortable.
Tyre supplier Bridgestone said before the race that they were unable to guarantee the safety of their rear slick tyres beyond 10 laps because of the newly-resurfaced track at Phillip Island.
As a result, it was decided to shorten the race to 19 laps from 27, with a mid-race pit stop.
Pedrosa was the first of the top three to pit on lap nine, while Lorenzo made his change on the following lap.
However, Marquez stayed out on the track until lap 11 and when he rejoined the race he had a minor clash with Lorenzo for top spot but the race leader retained his advantage.
Marquez's hopes of securing the title in his rookie season then suffered a blow when he was shown the black flag for exceeding the maximum number of laps permitted before having to pit.
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 29 minutes 07.155 seconds
2. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda +6.936 secs
3. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha +12.344
4. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha +12.460
5. Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda +12.513
6. Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha +28.263
7. Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati +32.953
8. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati +35.062
9. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati +35.104
10. Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia +37.426
1. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 298 points
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 280
3. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 264
4. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 214
5. Cal Crutchlow (Great Britain) Yamaha 179
I don't understand everyone questioning it. It was the same rule for everyone, only the other riders pitted in time!
it makes Moto GP 'look' as though they are trying to prevent a rookie winning
There was a mandatory pit stop on either lap 9 or lap 10.
It was mandatory because Bridgestone refused to guarantee the tyres would be safe for more than 10 laps.
Waiting, even by accident, until lap 11 is clearly not allowed.
What part of mandatory are you failing to understand?
Seems to me, the organizers are either desperate for Lorenzo to win
How on earth did they know beforehand that Marquez would ignore a mandatory pit stop?
Did they tell him and his team a different rule to everyone else, and manage to keep it secret?
A three-way line-abreast race for the flag for positions 3, 4, 5, so let's have lots of shots of people clapping in the pits and a micro-second of coverage as they are over the line, far too little to experience the run to the line.
That was what we got for, Cal Crutchlow, and Brad Smith, having an excellent race, got no end of race coverage.
Don't forget what happened to Pedrosa 2 races ago because of Marquez.
He was extremely fortunate not to be penalised properly for causing Pedrosa's crash two races ago.
Lorenzo was majestic today, & his dishing out a bit of MM's own treatment to MM was a nice extra..
Can anyone explain when Pedrosa gave up a place? He certainly didn't 'let' Lorenzo through?
He let Marquez through just before Marquez was Black Flagged, ie he dropped from 2nd to 3rd.
When MM came out of the pits, both JL and DP went past, but DP did give up the place to MM with 6 laps to go just after MM set the fastest lap of the race.
He was 1.370 seconds in front of MM at the point they put out the board telling him he had to drop a place, and behind Marquez within a lap, because he slowed down to let Marquez past.
And also BEFORE Marquez was Black Flagged. Not by much, but definitely before.
Did anyone actually watch the race at all?
"The plan we had was not correct, we though that we could do that lap. We thought we could go into the pit at the end of lap 11. The problem was not with the pit board, that was fine, when I saw ‘Box’ I came in. Now we need to forget about it and just concentrate in Motegi."
Basic c**k-up, no conspiracy