Márquez snatches win in Thailand after Dovizioso duel

Marc Márquez won the Thailand motorcycle Grand Prix by 0.115 seconds. (AFP pic)

BURIRAM: Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Márquez snatched the lead from Andrea Dovizioso at the final turn to win the inaugural Thailand motorcycle 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 International Circuit, the  Spaniard who rides for Honda nosed in front at the last corner and edged the Italian by 0.115 seconds in a thrilling duel.

The win extended Márquez’s lead to 77 points over Ducati’s Dovizioso with four races remaining, and he can wrap up the series in Japan in two weeks’ time with a win at Motegi.

Yamaha rider Maverick Viñales finished third ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi.