Márquez: Australian GP 'like a Moto3 race'
22 October 2017 – Marc Márquez labelled the Australian Grand Prix as "like a Moto3 race" after he prevailed in a thrilling scrap for victory at Phillip Island.
Márquez, who started from pole, was embroiled in a fierce battle for victory, which involved up to eight riders, with five of them spending separate spells in the lead.
Márquez dropped as low as fourth but carved his way back to the front, via contact with Johann Zarco and Valentino Rossi, leaving himself on the brink of another world title.
Márquez now leads sole rival Andrea Dovizioso by 33 points, with 50 up for grabs across the remaining two races.
"Honestly, it was an amazing race," said Márquez, following his sixth win of the campaign.
"From the beginning I went out and was quiet, I tried to warm the tyres well, be calm.
"Suddenly it was the second or third lap, already there was the first contact from Johann, I realised we will see during the race this will be tough.
"It was a big group, like a Moto3 race, I enjoyed a lot.
"I started to realise in the middle [of the race] that I need to attack or they will overtake me everywhere, so it was a little bit dangerous sometimes, but in the end I attacked a lot.
"With eight, nine laps [to go], it was time to attack, time to try and open a small gap.
"I was able to be two to three tenths faster a lap and opened a small gap that made my life a little easier in the last laps."