Jorge Lorenzo has won the 2013 Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island is controversial fashion as Championship leader Marc Marquez was disqualified.
The factory Yamaha rider is now trailing Marquez by just 18 points with 2 rounds to go. Marquez was Black-Flagged for failing to execute a mandatory pit stop on laps 9 or 10.
The race was cut to just 19 laps from the scheduled 26 for safety reasons by Bridgestone warning that tyre degradation from the new tarmac Phillip Island circuit would endanger the riders.
The MotoGP race officials set a bike change rule that was to be taken by lap 10 of the race, Marquez instead road his Repsol Honda for an extra lap, which incurred a Black-Flag and the end of his race resulting in zero points for the round.
Lorenzo took full advantage of Marquez’s absence and collected the win along with the precious 25 Championship points to blow the title race wide open again.
After the race Lorenzo said: “Today was a crazy race and much different than a normal race with the change of bikes in the middle of the race,”
“Twenty five points, the best result possible, and we now have opened the world championship, but it is still very tough.”
Marquez’s Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second with Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi completing the podium in third place.
Next round: Motegi.
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