Marquez makes it 100 with podium return

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Moto GP 2022 Round 18, Australian Grand Prix

Australia, October 17, 2022:  357 days after his last trip to the podium, Marc Marquez became just the fourth rider in history to achieve 100 premier class podiums after a thrilling Phillip Island battle while Espargaro fought for the top ten.

The sun was shining down on the Phillip Island Circuit as Marc Marquez lined up in the centre of the front row of the grid for the 27 lap race. With clear track ahead of him, the #93 charged off the line to tuck in just behind polesitter Jorge Martin for the opening half of the race as they avoided the frantic battle behind. As the laps went by, the competition grew closer and it was soon a seven-way battle for the victory – a true Phillip Island classic. It would only be decided in the closing laps, Marquez saving his soft rear for an all-out assault at the end.

Pushing until the line, for the 31st time in his MotoGP career the eight-time World Champion took second place and earned his 100th premier class podium in the process. Marc Marquez narrowly missed out on a return to the top step of the podium 0.186s behind Rins. 357 days after his last podium, achieved at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in 2021, Marquez has once again taken to the rostrum. After incredible efforts to return to fitness after a fourth surgery on his injured right arm, the podium shows the great progress that Marquez is making in his ongoing recovery.

The eight-timme World Champion becomes just the fourth rider to achieve 100 podium finishes in the premier class, joining Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa in an exclusive club. From 152 MotoGP starts, Marquez has achieved 59 wins and has finished in the top three in 65% of his premier class races. The second-place finish also moves him level with Spanish legend Angel Nieto, the pair sharing 139 podiums across all Grand Prix classes.

Behind, Pol Espargaro made an aggressive start to the race as he tried to hustle his way into the top ten. He quickly found himself battling with several other riders which saw him stuck in 14th place for the opening half of the race. Sticking to his plan and conserving his tyres, the #44 began to make steady progress in the final 13 laps as he worked his way forward to 11th at the line.

Now the Repsol Honda Team head for the penultimate race of the year at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. From the cold and wind of Phillip Island, it looks set to be a classic weekend in Malaysia with scorching temperatures and high humidity. The work continues right until the end.

Marc Marquez (2nd)

“It was a great race today; I really enjoyed the battle a lot and the feeling of returning to the podium is fantastic. It has been a long journey and we have reached the next stage. The soft rear was certainly the correct option for us in the race, I felt quite good, and I was able to fight until the end. At the start I was managing the situation a little bit, but I really enjoyed the race, I tried to win! Alex Rins did really well in the last few laps. I left everything out on track today and I really enjoyed all the overtakes, especially at Turn 2 because the bike was working really well there. We are coming better but there is still work to do. It’s great to achieve this milestone of 100 premier class podiums and an honour to draw equal with Nieto but we are not done yet!”

Pol Espargaro (11th)

“Our race today was quite similar to the last races; we were playing catch up a lot during the race. We were probably a bit closer to the front this race than in the previous ones, but the pace of the race overall was slower than we thought it would be. Again, starting so far back on the grid makes it really hard and especially at a circuit like Phillip Island – there’s a lot of turbulence and the opening laps you have to be really precise. We started the weekend well here, so we can see that there is some potential there but missing out on Q2 really hurt us. Two races left in the season; we keep on going.”

Australian Grand Prix – Race Results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1RINS ALEX42SPA25Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki40’50.654
2MARQUEZ MARC93SPA20Repsol Honda TeamHonda0.186
3BAGNAIA FRANCESCO62ITA16Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati0.224
4BEZZECCHI MARCO73ITA13Mooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati0.534
5BASTIANINI ENEA23ITA11Team Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati0.557
6MARINI LUCA10ITA10Mooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati0.688
7MARTIN JORGE89SPA9Pramac RacingDucati0.884
8ZARCO JOHANN5FRA8Pramac RacingDucati3.141
9ESPARGARO ALEIX41SPA7Aprilia RacingAprilia4.548
10BINDER BRAD33RSA6Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM5.94
11ESPARGARO POL44SPA5Repsol Honda TeamHonda11.048
12OLIVEIRA MIGUEL88POR4Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM13.606
13CRUTCHLOW CAL35GBR3WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP TeamYamaha13.89
14BINDER DARRYN40RSA2WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP TeamYamaha14.526
15GARDNER REMY87AUS1Tech 3 KTM Factory RacingKTM19.47
16FERNANDEZ RAUL25SPA0Tech 3 KTM Factory RacingKTM20.645
17VINALES MAVERICK12SPA0Aprilia RacingAprilia22.167
18MIR JOAN36SPA0Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki23.489
19NAGASHIMA TETSUTA45JPN0LCR HondaHonda39.618
20DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO49ITA0Team Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati39.633
21MORBIDELLI FRANCO21ITA0Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamahaDNF
22QUARTARARO FABIO20FRA0Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamahaDNF
23MILLER JACK43AUS0Ducati Lenovo TeamDucatiDNF
24MARQUEZ ALEX73SPA0LCR HondaHondaDNF

Rider Standings

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1BAGNAIA FRANCESCO62ITA233Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati
2QUARTARARO FABIO20FRA219Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
3ESPARGARO ALEIX41SPA206Aprilia RacingAprilia
4BASTIANINI ENEA23ITA191Team Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati
5MILLER JACK43AUS179Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati
6BINDER BRAD33RSA160Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
7ZARCO JOHANN5FRA159Pramac RacingDucati
8RINS ALEX42SPA137Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
9MARTIN JORGE89SPA136Pramac RacingDucati
10OLIVEIRA MIGUEL88POR135Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
11VINALES MAVERICK12SPA122Aprilia RacingAprilia
12MARINI LUCA10ITA111Mooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati
13MARQUEZ MARC93SPA104Repsol Honda TeamHonda
14BEZZECCHI MARCO73ITA93Mooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati
15MIR JOAN36SPA77Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
16ESPARGARO POL44SPA54Repsol Honda TeamHonda
17MARQUEZ ALEX73SPA50LCR HondaHonda
18NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI30JPN46LCR HondaHonda
19MORBIDELLI FRANCO21ITA31Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
20DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO49ITA23Team Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati
21DOVIZIOSO ANDREA4ITA15WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP TeamYamaha
22BINDER DARRYN40RSA12WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP TeamYamaha
23GARDNER REMY87AUS10Tech 3 KTM Factory RacingKTM
24FERNANDEZ RAUL25SPA9Tech 3 KTM Factory RacingKTM
25CRUTCHLOW CAL35GBR6WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP TeamYamaha
26BRADL STEFAN6GER2Repsol Honda TeamHonda

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