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Marquez wins rainy San Marino MGP

Marquez wins rainy San Marino MGP

It was his fourth career MotoGP pole position and he secured it with a late lap of one minute 32.439 seconds, 0.162 quicker than Dovizioso who had looked set to take the top slot.

The 31-year-old was losing ground in the title race a month ago, when he was 21 points adrift of Marquez after the Spaniard's back-to-back wins in Germany and the Czech Republic. The race result puts Marquez in the lead of the championship but level on points with Dovizioso on 199 points with Vinales 16 points behind in third.

Spanish Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez on Sunday won the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix crossing the finish line only a second ahead of his Italian rival Danilo Petrucci of Ducati.

They were swiftly followed by Aleix Espargaro and Sam Lowes while it was also proving to be a hard afternoon for Dani Pedrosa, the slowest rider on the track.

While Petrucci had to settle for second place, it was a disappointing outing for Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso.

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Despite the challengers on the front row, it was Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) who got away best from Row 2, taking the lead through the first two corners after tussling with Marquez (pictured above) and shooting away into the distance. The former world champion however had an early crash at Turn 6 on Lap 7 which pushed out of the lead.

Petrucci meanwhile had worked his way up from eighth on the grid to fourth by the end of the third lap, passing struggling poleman Maverick Vinales for the place.

Valentino Rossi still occupies fourth place in the championship standings, despite having missed his home race after a training injury.

It was a neat move by Marquez that also sees him rise to the top of the standings, the championship really hotting up now with just five races left to go. Zarco, however, made a heroic run, quite literally, to cross the finish line eventually taking the 15th place, behind LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow and factory Honda's Dani Pedrosa.