The 12th race of the 2017 MotoGP season came to a close with Marc Marquez taking the pole position for Repsol Honda, emerging the winner. Pramac Ducati and Ducati took the second and third positions as their riders - Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top three.
The race which took place at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, in Italy amidst tricky wet conditions, put Marc Marquez back at the top of the world MotoGP standings. Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso both now have 199 points in the world standings.
The win, which is Marquez's fourth in this season and the 59th in his career came after Marquez made a move on Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci on the penultimate lap, pushing him to the second place. Dovizioso and Marquez seem to be at loggerheads this season, as both of them have exactly the same points as well as pole positions this season.
2016 MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez was quoted as saying, "This Championship is amazing; anything can happen, but now we've returned to the top, equal on points with Andrea. The last five races will be very tough, but we'll keep pushing and give it our 100 percent."
At the beginning of the race, Dovizioso's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo took the lead with a massive two-seconds lead, but a crash on the seventh lap made him retire from the race. The extremely wet circuit did cause a lot of drama, including Marquez's crash on turn 3.
The best part of the race though, was Johann Zarco's heroic antics at the finish. Zarco pushed his Tech3 Yamaha across the finish line after it gave up on the finish straight. However, the French rider managed to score one point, pushing his bike to the 15th place in the race standings.
Fourth place in the race was taken by Maverick Vinales who had qualified first. Vinales occupies third position and Valentino Rossi still has the fourth place in the championship standings.
Valentino Rossi, owing to injuries sustained off the track had to sit out on his home race, and yet manages to clinch onto the fourth position in the Championship standings, with Dani Pedrosa in fifth position.
The 2017 MotoGP world championship is certainly a thriller, and uncertainty looms over who would be champion with just five races to go. The bikes are fast, and so are the riders, keeping competition as exciting as it should be.