Rising Australian GP rider Jack Miller gave local fans plenty to cheer about at Phillip Island however it was Marc Marquez that prevailed in a breathtaking race, that has positioned Marquez riding on HONDA to be the favourite to win the overall MotoGP championship for the second time.
The defending champion crossed the line 1.8 seconds ahead veteran Valentino Rossi who finished second ahead of teammate Maverick Vinales and Frenchman Johann Zarco.
Local rider Jack Miller and The Marc VDS team Honda team finished seventh and Millers lead the race during the first four laps and was actually top 3 for much of the race until his rear tyre let him down.
The race lead changed throughout as seven riders vied for the lead positions and a mere 1.2 seconds separating them as they bumped into each other making breathtaking passes on moves in all corners of the exciting Phillip Island Circuit.
Rossi’s love affair with Phillip Island continued as his second was his 17th podium in 21 visits to Phillip Island, an incredible record.
Last year’s winner Cal Crutchlow finished fifth ahead on the LCR Honda, followed by Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone.
2nd in the overall championship standings, Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso disappointed finishing in 13th position, which extended Marquez’s lead over the Italian to 33 points.
Marquez said it was an amazing race and that he spent most of it waiting for an opportunity to get clear.
“During the race I was just waiting, waiting, waiting.
“Then I could push really hard for three or four laps and the bike was really good.’’