The MotoGP championship took a dramatic turn of events today when points leader Marc Marquez (Honda) was disqualified as the result of an error in changing bikes during the middle of the race. Tire safety concerns on the newly resurfaced Phillip Island circuit led to a decision to require the riders to change bikes (with new tires) no later than lap 10, but Marquez mistakenly completed 11 laps before pitting, leading to his disqualification.
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) won the race and significantly revived his dwindling hopes in taking this year’s title. Instead of trailing by 43 points, Lorenzo has narrowed the gap to Marquez in the championship to just 18 points with just two rounds remaining. Filling out the podium today were Dani Pedrosa (Honda) in second and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) in third.
For additional details, results and points, visit the official MotoGP site.