Marquez marches ahead, Hamilton wins again in the USA

Marc Marquez increased his advantage on top of the world championship table thanks to a brilliant win in the Australian grand prix.

In a race-long battle down under, Marquez held off Yamaha’s Valentine Rossi to take the chequered flag after 27 grueling laps featuring eight riders for most of it.

The tussle for third place came down to a photo-finish between maverick Vinales and Johann Zarco with the former coming out on top.

Meanwhile, championship contender Andrea Dovizioso had a terrible weekend. Starting down in 11th, he struggled to overcome his rivals, finishing in a lowly 13th.

Further back, KTM recorded their best-ever finish with both Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith finishing just inside the top 10.

With the season closer in Valencia fast approaching, it’s Marquez who leads Dovizioso by 33 points with two rounds to go.

This week sees the riders head to Malaysia, where Marquez just needs a second place finish to secure the title.

Lewis Hamilton won the united states grand prix to increase his championship advantage over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Following Hamilton’s commanding win at the Circuit of the Americas his advantage is currently 66 points.

It was Hamilton’s fifth win out of six races held there and his sixth triumph in the States overall, in a run that stretches back ten years to when F1 roared round Indianapolis.

There was to be some controversy as Max Verstappen was denied third by the stewards. The Dutchman was judged to have gained an advantage by leaving the track on the inside of turn 18 during his last-lap overtake on Kimi Raikkenon.  That was deemed to be illegal, he was demoted down to fourth after the five-second time penalty had been added on.

Valtteri Bottas finished fifth, which was enough for Mercedes to secure their fourth consecutive constructor’s world championship, with three races to spare.

Force India’s Esteban Ocon set a new record, finishing his 26th consecutive Grand Prix race to start his career, beating the previous record set by Max Chilton three years ago.

Hamilton will look to wrap up his fourth world title this weekend as the drivers head to the Mexican GP. He only needs to finish fifth if he is to do so.

Pierre Gasly was denied a shot at the Japanese Super Formula title after the final two races of the season were canceled due to the arrival of Typhoon Lan at Suzuka on Saturday.

It signaled a double whammy for Gasly as he elected to pass the opportunity of racing for Toro Rosso in the USGP, favoring his chance for the title instead.

Jerez hosted the penultimate round of the World Superbike Championship where this year’s champion Jonathan Rea claimed his fifth double of the season and a 14th win total.

The championship will visit Qatar for the season finale next week with the two races held on Friday and Saturday (3-4 November) where second place in the championship will be fought between Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes, with both currently on 363 points.

Edited by Matt Jones

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