MotoGP: Marquez snatches last lap win in Phillip Island thriller

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In one of the most remarkable MotoGP races of recent times, defending world champion Marc Marquez scored his fifth win of the 2015 season in Australia after jumping from third to first on the final lap.

Starting from pole at Phillip Island, Marquez made a poor start to hand the lead to Lorenzo as the two Spaniards battled closely with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and championship leader Valentino Rossi.

Lorenzo managed to pull out a one-second lead over Marquez before being reeled in and passed on lap 18, but reclaimed first place three laps later to drop the Honda rider into the clutches of Iannone and Rossi behind.

After falling down to P4 following a remarkable double overtake from Iannone, Marquez picked his way past the duelling Italians before setting his sights on Lorenzo on the final lap of the race.

Lorenzo’s healthy advantage quickly diminished as Marquez gave his all before throwing his Honda bike down the inside at the hairpin and moving into the lead, setting the fastest lap of the race as he crossed the line.

The result marked Marquez’s 50th career grand prix win, and will undoubtedly go down as one of the most exciting races in the recent history of motorcycling racing.

“You know during the race I feel really strong but there were many passes between me, Valentino and Andrea and Jorge opened a gap,” Marquez said. “Then I pushed a little to catch Jorge but I overheated the front tire and I had a lot of movement when I tried to open a gap.

“I tried to slow down to cool it down but it wasn’t there. The last three laps I said ‘OK I will push’. Andrea and Valentino overtook me and then the last lap I pushed 100%. I didn’t expect to arrive to Jorge but really happy for the win.

“I don’t know where I pulled that time out from, but it was what made the difference for us! I want to thank all the team, Honda and all the fans. After a difficult season it’s always nice to finish the year with some victories! We worked really hard and the results weren’t coming but this result is really nice for us.”

Lorenzo finished second to cut Rossi’s championship lead down to 11 points with two races remaining as his Yamaha teammate was forced to settle for fourth at the flag, losing out to Iannone.

Iannone enjoyed the race of his life to finish third, less than one second behind Marquez, despite hitting a seagull with his bike in the early stages.

Dani Pedrosa won a close fight for fourth place ahead of Maverick Vinales and Cal Crutchlow, while American rider Nicky Hayden was forced to retire after nine laps.

The penultimate race of the 2015 season takes place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia next weekend before the MotoGP finale and likely championship decider in Valencia on November 8.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.