Marc Marquez ties up MotoGP standings with final lap pass to win San Marino Grand Prix
Honda rider Marc Marquez has pulled level at the top of the MotoGP standings after passing Danilo Petrucci on the final lap of the San Marino Grand Prix for victory in the Italian race.
In soaking conditions on Sunday (NZT Monday), Marquez made the pass to claim the Grand Prix title from Petrucci with Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso claiming third. Marquez and Dovioso now sat tied atop the MotoGP standings on 199 points.
Spaniard Maverick Vinales, who finished fourth for Yamaha, was third overall on 183 points. Vinales had started on pole position and was the sole works Yamaha rider in the race after Italian Valentino Rossi, who is fourth in the championship on 157 points, broke his leg in training last week.
On track in San Marino, it was fellow-Spaniard and triple MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo who made a lightning start to take the lead on the opening lap for Ducati. Lorenzo pulled away but crashed on the seventh of 28 laps, flipping off the bike at turn six and handing the lead to Petrucci.
The Italian, who has yet to win a race in the top category, then led the next 20 on his Pramac Ducati with Marquez closing in and biding his time before making the move at the start of the last lap.
"In rainy conditions you never know but I was trying to control all the race, trying to control myself because I was able to be a little bit faster but I said 'you must be patient'," said Marquez.
"For a moment I thought of staying in second position. Then on the last lap I said 'I try'. This championship is really tight and five points can be a lot in the end."
"After Silverstone this victory is really important for myself and the team," added the 24-year-old, who retired with a blown engine in the previous round in Britain. His last lap was also the fastest of the race.
Dovizioso, who would have been the oldest rider to win three races in a row since Australian Mick Doohan in 1998 had he continued his run of success from Austria and Silverstone, said he was happy with a first podium at Misano.
"I was there, but I wasn't feeling so good on the bike so the risk was too high. Everybody almost crashed today," he said.
"It was a very difficult weekend but we are there and did another podium in a strange and difficult moment."