Marc Marquez, him again, in case we were in any doubt. His win at Phillip Island has all the signs of being a check move in the fight for the title. The Spaniard couldn't have done any more, securing more the race win and a 33-point advantage over Andrea Dovizioso.
The Italian's championship fight now becomes an uphill struggle, despite there being still two races left to run.
This is what went on at the last round according to our very own Carlo Pernat.
“The strongest man won, or rather Marquez, he's a cut above all the rest – starts the manager - he won yesterday at the end of an incredible race, he likes to battle and didn't hold back in Australia either, then when he realised things were getting dangerous and he made a break for it. The championship is practically a done deal”.
What a pity to see the red bike though, the team's hopes of glory going up in smoke: “Dovizioso and Ducati 'failed', Andrea doesn't really like the track but was motivated after his win in Japan. Some grip issues arose during the weekend and these weighed heavily come Sunday”.
The weekend's positives also include The Maniac's performance on board the Suzuki: “It was like seeing the Iannone of old – recalled Pernat - but the growth path is still long and we'll have to wait until 2018 before we see anything big”.
There was no shortage of battles at Phillip Island and the Italian manager touches on this subject: “It's very dangerous, the newcomers seem to be creating some problems, Zarco for example. Luckily we always see good races in Australia. I'm only sorry that this championship looks like finishing early, although I hope the title is not decided until Valencia. The fact remains that Marquez now has a significantly advantage on which to lean, a pity for Ducati. 2017 has nevertheless been a wonderful year for the guys in red though, and so all credit to them”.
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