Buriram, Thailand - MotoGP champion Marc Marquez snatched the lead from Andrea Dovizioso at the death to win the inaugural Thailand Grand Prix on Sunday and take a huge stride toward a third successive title.
After fierce wheel-to-wheel racing in the closing laps at Buriram, the Honda-riding Spaniard nosed in front at the last corner and edged the Italian by 0.115 seconds to prevail in a thrilling duel.
The win extended the four-times champion’s lead to 77 points over Ducati’s Dovizioso with four races left, and Marquez can wrap up the series in Japan in two weeks with a win at Motegi.
“Amazing to win here after a difficult weekend,” Marquez said, flashing his toothy grin after his seventh win of the season.
“But the boys did very, very good work through the whole weekend. They give everything. So one more step to the final dream.”
Yamaha-rider Maverick Vinales finished third ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi.