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The Moto GP championship will go down to the final race of the season after an eventful Australian Grand Prix that saw Jorge Lorenzo victorious and Marc Marquez disqualified.
Due to safety concerns from Bridgestone about their tyres, all riders were instructed to swap bikes between the end of lap nine and the end of lap 10.
This is something that Marquez did not comply with as he stayed out and didn’t change his bike until the end of lap 11.
This led to the championship leader being black-flagged a few laps later, allowing Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa to close in on his championship lead.
After the race Marquez explained that it was a mis-understanding from himself and the team about the new regulations.
Marquez said: “The plan we had was not correct, we thought that we could do that lap. We thought we could go into the pit at the end of lap 11. The problem was not with the pit board, that was fine, when I saw ‘Box’ I came in.”
The events of the race mean that Lorenzo is just 18 points behind Marquez heading into the final two races of the season.
Despite this, Lorenzo knows that it is still going to be tough to beat Marquez to the title.
Lorenzo insisted: “Without the mistake from Marc I think he would have been first or second. Now the championship has changed so much. Before the race we had no chance, a 2% or 3% chance and now it’s 20% or 30%. But Marc is very competitive at every track, so we need to go as hard as possible at Motegi and Valencia.”
Behind the front two, there was a great battle for third place between Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and Alvaro Bautista.
The three riders switched positions on a number of occasions and crossed the finishing line almost side-by-side.
In the end it was Rossi who just pipped his rivals to the final podium position.
The next race takes place next sunday at the Motegi circuit in Japan.
Be sure to check out my blog for all the latest Moto GP news going into the final two races.