Honda’s Marc Marquez edged arch-rival Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati in a thrilling finish to win the inaugural Thailand MotoGP on Sunday, at the Chang International Circuit in the northeastern province of Buriram.
It was wheel-to-wheel racing in the closing laps before the Spaniard gained the lead at the last corner to nose out the Italian by 0.115 seconds, securing his seventh win of the season and extending his lead in pursuit of a fifth – and third successive – title.
After today’s win Marquez sits on 271 points, 77 ahead of Dovizioso and with four races left in the season. The Repsol Honda Team rider can wrap up the 2018 MotoGP World Championship with a win at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan set for 19-21 October at the twin ring circuit at Motegi.
The PTT Thailand Grand Prix 2018 will be one for Marquez to remember. Not only did he win the first Thailand edition of the MotoGP, he won it after making history as the first rider to climb out of Q1 to claim pole position.
Crossing the line in 3rd place after Dovizioso was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales, followed by teammate Valentino Rossi in 4th.
Thailand has secured a three year deal to host the Grand Prix from 2018 to 2020.