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GP Week : Issue 138
MARC Marquez’s march to glory broke step at Phillip Island, with a penalty putting him on the back of the grid. But although title rival Stefan Bradl regained the lead on points, he was thwarted from taking full advantage by a flying Alex de Angelis. This title will go to the wire. Run in cold, bright conditions, it was always going to be a thriller, after a qualifying that saw conditions dry up only in the last five minutes, and pole changing hands five times after the fall of the flag. De Angelis (JiR Motobi) started from pole, but it was Scott Redding (Marc VDS Suter) and Pol Espargaro (HP Tuenti FTR) disputing the early lead, while Bradl (Viessmann Kalex) and the San Marino rider made their way through the scrum behind them. At the same time Marquez (Repsol Suter) was cutting through from 38th on the grid: 16th on lap one, four places higher two laps later, and still moving. Bradl took to the front on lap five, de Angelis with him, and the two were at once inching clear of a nine-strong pack disputing third. By now Marquez was part of it, riding right on the edge but gaining positions with merciless efficiency. On lap 11 de Angelis took over, but Bradl came straight back and tried to escape. To no avail. “He had a good pace, so I stayed with him. I knew victory would be decided on the last lap,” said de Angelis. So it was. De Angelis swept past into turn one, Bradl came out stronger and was trying to nose inside into the next bend. But he was too far back, and instead he tagged de Angelis’s back wheel, and only narrowly avoided crashing. Marquez had to spend time shaking off Pol Espargaro around half-distance, and when he got clear he still had an inspired Claudio Corti (Italtrans Suter) better than a second ahead. He caught him easily, but Corti battled all the way to the line. Marquez saved third by a MOTO2: DE ANGELIS WINS; MARqUEz fIGHTS BACK 44