The Thrilling MotoGP Last Lap Duel They'll Be Talking About For Years
Thrills, chills, spills. Phillip Island already delivered the lot this week. And then, that incredible finale...
With a lap to go of the famous 4.5km Phillip Island circuit in the 2019 Australian MotoGP, Spanish rider Maverick Viñales led the race, as the Yamaha rider had done since lap 10.
But hot on his tail was compatriot Marc Marquez, a six-time MotoGP world champ and runaway leader this year who'd won four straight races leading into Phillip Island.
Could he make it five?
You bet he could. Marquez overtook his rival at the very start of the final lap. Then came an epic duel. Viñales made his move on turn 9, Lukey Heights. But he wobbled coming out of the corner and that was that. Down. Race over.
And please excuse us when we say that Maverick ended up looking like a bit of a goose.
But there was more drama still to come on the final lap.
As Marquez raced on at full throttle, seemingly oblivious to the fact his rival had chomped a bitumen sandwich, Aussie Jack Miller weaved his way into third -- the first Aussie podium finish at our home MotoGP since Casey Stoner in 2012.
And he didn't forget to celebrate.
Earlier, the race started in as spectacular fashion as it finished.
But this thing was all about the conclusion. Fans go to any sport to watch the best being the best. And on lap 27 of 27, on October 27 2019, Marquez showed exactly why he is that.