MotoGP Race And Practice Results
Full Recap and Results Below.
Valentino Rossi has taken victory following a tumultuous Australian MotoGP race at Phillip Island; starting his 250th premier class race Rossi was handed the lead by Marc Marquez after the Spaniard crashed out of a four second advantage with nine laps remaining, the Spaniard lost the front under heavy braking into MG corner and was unable to rejoin the race. The race was extremely high in attrition as only 14 of the 23 race starters finished. Jorge Lorenzo eventually claimed second place, a distant 10 seconds behind Rossi after struggling with his choice of super-soft front tyre.
Bradley Smith claimed his best ever MotoGP result and the final podium place keeping his Yamaha upright while others crashed around him. Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso finished in fourth place two seconds behind Smith while Hector Barbera took an unlikely fifth spot a further fifteen seconds back. Barbera came out on top of a fierce battle with Alvaro Bautista, his team mate Scott Redding, Hiroshi Aoyama, Alex DeAngelis and Nicky Hayden who completed the top ten at the rear of the group.
The story of the race however was the incredible number of retirements; Pol Espargaro crashed out of the race while running in fourth place ahead of his team mate Smith. The most unfortunate of the retirees however was Cal Crutchlow who crashed while running in a comfortable second place on the final lap, having chased down and passed Jorge Lorenzo a few laps earlier. Conditions were cool and cloudy and the temperature had dropped to 16 degrees; it's lowest of the weekend to date which clearly had a marked effect on tyre performance.
Karel Abraham crashed very early and Andrea Iannone went down shortly after, careering into the back of Dani Pedrosa at turn four who was lucky to not also be brought down, Pedrosa would later have to retire due to damage to his Honda. Stefan Bradl went down with eight laps to go, leaving his braking too late into turn four and hitting the rear of Aleix Espargaro in similar fashion to Iannone and Pedrosa earlier. Espargaro would also be forced to retire moments later due to incurred damage.
The victory cements Rossi's second place position in the Championship standings while Jorge Lorenzo moves into third place due to Dani Pedrosa's DNF.
|9||7||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Forward Yamaha||33.577|
|14||2||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||+1'28.050|
|35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Ducati||1 Lap|
|44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||3 Laps|
|41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||7 Laps|
|6||Stefan BRADL||Honda||8 Laps|
|93||Marc MARQUEZ||Honda||10 Laps|
|23||Broc PARKES||PBM||14 Laps|
|26||Dani PEDROSA||Honda||21 Laps|
|29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||22 Laps|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM||Honda||23 Laps|
Full Recap and Results Below.
Maverick Vinales has taken a comfortable victory following the Australian Moto2 race at Phillip Island, the Spanish rookie took over at the head of the race in the closing laps and built his lead to a comfortable one second during the final three laps. Suisse rider Thomas Luthi eventually crossed the line in second place holding off Championship leader Tito Rabat by two tenths of a second. Rabat made a good start to the race but had a big moment at turn four on the opening lap, handing the lead to his team mate Mika Kallio.
Kallio eventually made a pivotal mistake at the same corner in the second half of the race while leading, the Finn out-broke himself and was relegated to the back of the leading pack. Sam Lowes eventually finished at the rear of the leading group after being surpassed by Kallio, the Briton did a fine job during his Moto2 debut at the Island to finish just over three seconds behind Vinales. German rider Sandro Cortese headed up the second group of riders, taking sixth place some eleven seconds behind the race leader, he was followed by his countryman Marcel Schrotter, Dominique Aegerter, Xavier Simeon and Jordi Torres who rounded out the top ten placings.
Vinales' win is the third of his rookie season as he looks ahead to moving up to MotoGP next season with Suzuki while Rabat's third place is enough to extend his Championship lead to a handy 41 points over Kallio heading into the closing two races.
|5||11||22||Sam LOWES||Speed Up||3.292|
|7||9||23||Marcel SCHROTTER||Tech 3||11.777|
|16||88||Ricard CARDUS||Tech 3||33.238|
|22||95||Anthony WEST||Speed Up||51.281|
|23||97||Roman RAMOS||Speed Up||51.448|
|27||42||Max CROKER||Suter||1 Lap|
|54||Mattia PASINI||Kalex||7 Laps|
|5||Johann ZARCO||Caterham Suter||8 Laps|
|55||Hafizh SYAHRIN||Kalex||10 Laps|
|14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||Caterham Suter||13 Laps|
Full Recap and Results Below.
Jack Miller has taken a hugely popular and nail biting victory following a chaotic Moto3 Grand Prix at Phillip Island, after starting eighth on the grid the young Australian timed his run to the line perfectly to hold off the charging Honda pairing of Alex Marquez and Alex Rins by three hundredths of a second. Marquez and Rins both had fantastic starts and lead the field in the early laps, Miller also got a great start and moved from eighth to fifth on the opening lap ensuring that he wasn't caught out by any break away attempts.
A leading group of eleven riders formed at the halfway stage of the race as the lead swapped lap after lap at the end of the front straight and into turn one, the Estrella Galicia Honda's held a clear advantage over the KTM's of Miller and Fenati down the chute and the battle for the slipstream turned out to be a crucial factor. Miller managed to lead onto the final lap and broke the tow of the Hondas; he swerved quickly to the left out of the final corner and won the dash to the line.
Efren Vazquez narrowly missed out on the podium by one hundredth of a second, taking fourth position ahead of his team mate John McPhee. Alexis Masbou made it five Honda's in the top six underlining their dominance around the seaside circuit. Miguel Oliveira headed up the second group of riders to claim seventh place aboard his Mahindra ahead of Jakub Kornfeil, Niklas Ajo and Niccolo Antonelli who rounded out the top ten.
Juanfran Guevara and Isaac Vinales had a coming together through the southern loop and crashed out of the leading group with fourteen laps remaining. It was an unfortunate outcome for Guevara after he started from his best ever grid position. Romano Fenati crashed out of the race heading onto the penultimate lap and a few corners later Brad Binder and Danny Kent collided and also both crashed out of the leading group.
Miller's victory sees Alex Marquez' Championship lead cut to 20 points heading into the final two races, at the very least Miller has ensured that the pressure remains on his Spanish rival and sets up a brilliant end to the Moto3 season.
|12||4||99||Jorge NAVARRO||Kalex KTM||18.226|
|19||43||Luca GRÜNWALD||Kalex KTM||35.571|
|21||65||Philipp OETTL||Kalex KTM||40.291|
|23||9||Scott DEROUE||Kalex KTM||40.514|
|25||58||Juanfran GUEVARA||Kalex KTM||56.233|
|27||4||Gabriel RAMOS||Kalex KTM||57.002|
|5||Romano FENATI||KTM||2 Laps|
|32||Isaac VIÑALES||KTM||7 Laps|
|33||Enea BASTIANINI||KTM||11 Laps|
|55||Andrea LOCATELLI||Mahindra||22 Laps|
|63||Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN||Honda||22 Laps|
Marc Marquez has topped the final MotoGP pre-race hit out at Phillip Island with a time of 1:29.871, he topped the time sheets for the morning Warm Up and edged out his team mate Dani Pedrosa by two hundredths of a second. Jorge Lorenzo and Iannone also ended the session less than a tenth of a second behind Marquez while Valentino Rossi was a further tenth behind, the top eleven riders down to Stefan Bradl were split by less than half of a second.
Some riders practiced flag-to-flag bike swaps throughout as a dark gray cloud cover blanketed the circuit, it meant for humid suffocating conditions however this was more carried out as a precaution, no rain is forecast for later this afternoon.
|8||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1'30.240||0.369||0.027|
|15||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Forward Yamaha||1'31.043||1.172||0.276|
|22||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||1'32.422||2.551||0.142|
Tito Rabat has maintained his position at the top of the Moto2 class at Phillip Island following the morning Warm Up session, the field appear to have closed the gap to the Championship leader however as he edged out Sam Lowes and Marcel Schrotter by less than a tenth of a second. The competitive nature of the field was further emphasized by the top 20 riders lap times being separated by just over one second which should make for a highly entertaining race later this afternoon.
Azlan Shah, Axel Pons and Robin Mulhauser didn't take part in the session after all riders were declared unfit to race due to injuries picked up yesterday.
|2||22||Sam LOWES||Speed Up||1'33.177||0.016||0.016|
|3||23||Marcel SCHROTTER||Tech 3||1'33.245||0.084||0.068|
|12||88||Ricard CARDUS||Tech 3||1'33.883||0.722||0.001|
|13||5||Johann ZARCO||Caterham Suter||1'33.915||0.754||0.032|
|16||14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||Caterham Suter||1'33.986||0.825||0.014|
|20||95||Anthony WEST||Speed Up||1'34.281||1.120||0.084|
|29||97||Roman RAMOS||Speed Up||1'35.770||2.609||0.408|
|4||58||Juanfran GUEVARA||Kalex KTM||1'36.633||0.344||0.016|
|12||43||Luca GRÜNWALD||Kalex KTM||1'37.368||1.079||0.076|
|26||99||Jorge NAVARRO||Kalex KTM||1'38.358||2.069||0.191|
|30||65||Philipp OETTL||Kalex KTM||1'38.966||2.677||0.125|
|31||4||Gabriel RAMOS||Kalex KTM||1'39.485||3.196||0.519|
|33||9||Scott DEROUE||Kalex KTM||1'41.094||4.805||1.547|
Full Recap and Results below.
Tito Rabat has taken pole position for the Moto2 Grand Prix at Phillip Island, his time of 1:32.470 was a new pole record however the Championship leader didn't enjoy the kind of dominance he has been afforded in previous sessions this weekend. Frenchman Johan Zarco matched Rabat's pace and only missed out on pole by a microscopic fifteen thousandths of a second, he split the two Moto2 Championship combatants as Mika Kallio took the final front row spot two tenths further behind.
Moto2 rookie Maverick Vinales will head up row two for tomorrows race and was also only two tenths shy of Rabat's pole time, he will be joined on the second row by Thomas Luthi - the previous rounds winner continued his resurgence in form and Sandro Cortese completes the second row in sixth.
Despite a crash late in the session Sam Lowes flew the flag for Speed Up and managed to take seventh place on the grid, the Brit was clearly enjoying being able to ride at a circuit that he has ridden at previously. He will be joined by Spaniard Jordi Torres and Xavier Simeon who rounds out row three.
|2||5||Johann ZARCO||Caterham Suter||1'32.485||0.015||0.015|
|7||22||Sam LOWES||Speed Up||1'32.938||0.468||0.114|
|10||23||Marcel SCHROTTER||Tech 3||1'32.964||0.494||0.004|
|11||88||Ricard CARDUS||Tech 3||1'32.968||0.498||0.004|
|21||14||Ratthapark WILAIROT||Caterham Suter||1'33.480||1.010||0.060|
|25||95||Anthony WEST||Speed Up||1'34.000||1.530||0.159|
|32||97||Roman RAMOS||Speed Up||1'35.373||2.903||0.201|
Full Recap and Results below.
Marc Marquez has taken a dominant pole position following an action packed MotoGP Qualifying session at Phillip Island, the Spaniard was in supreme form and equaled Casey Stoner's record for 12 pole positions in a single season. Marquez' time of 1:28.408 put him two and a half tenths clear of Cal Crutchlow who caused a shock to take his Ducati to the front row. Jorge Lorenzo topped the time sheets midway through the session but would have to be satisfied with taking the final spot on the front row in third. Phillip Island lived up to it's volatile reputation as all riders put on an impressive display early in the session, full commitment on display despite light rain that fell at the end of Q1.
Briton Bradley Smith will head up row two for Sunday's race after taking his Tech 3 Yamaha to fourth place, he edged out Dani Pedrosa who had managed to go comfortably through the preceding Q1 session. Aleix Espargaro claimed sixth spot and rounded out the second row. FP4 pace-setter Andrea Iannone could only manage the seventh quickest time but still managed to finish ahead of his countryman Valentino Rossi and Pol Espargaro who completed row three.
In the Q1 session earlier the production Hondas of Hiroshi Aoyama, Nicky Hayden and Scott Redding battled it out for the final Q2 slot. Light rain began to fall in the closing stages and was enough to force the riders into their pit garages and meant that Hiroshi Aoyama qualified for Q2 for the first time in his career. Riders that were caught out badly by the conditions were Alvaro Bautista in 17th, Yonny Hernandez in 18th and Alex DeAngelis in 23rd position.
|6||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1'28.866||0.458||0.191|
|20||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||1'31.431||2.334||0.619|
|23||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Forward Yamaha||1'32.595||3.498||0.865|
Andrea Iannone has headed the time sheets for the final MotoGP free practice session at Phillip Island, the Italian Ducati rider posted the quickest time with his final lap of the session to nudge Marc Marquez to second place by a mere six hundreths of a second. Valentino Rossi also put in a good late run to jump up to third position, he edged out fellow Yamaha riders Aleix Espargaro and weekend long pace-setter Jorge Lorenzo.
The British duo of Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith claimed sixth and seventh places respectively ahead of Pol Espargaro and Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa was still struggling for speed and will have to go through the Q1 session for the first time in his career. LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl completed the top ten some eight tenths behind Iannone.
|4||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1'29.788||0.407||0.039|
|15||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Forward Yamaha||1'30.722||1.341||0.040|
|22||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||1'31.997||2.616||0.090|
Full Recap and Results below.
Alex Marquez has claimed pole position for the Australian Moto3 Grand Prix at Phillip Island; the Championship leader managed to avoid track congestion as large groups of riders postured for position in an attempt to gain a slipstream advantage and post a pole record time of 1:36.050 - some eight tenths quicker than the existing benchmark. His team mate Alex Rins claimed second spot a meager fourteen hundredths of a second behind, he in turn edged out Juanfran Guevara who made it three Spaniards on the front row.
Danny Kent will head up row two and will be joined by fellow Brit John McPhee and morning pace-setter Efren Vazquez. Jasper Iwema continued his impressive weekend form to take seventh position on the grid ahead of home town hero Jack Miller. Miller was left frustrated by other riders trailing behind him, even a run through the pit lane wasn't enough to deter riders desperate for a tow. He let the frustration get the better of him and it cost him a shot at the front row. Alexis Masbou had a couple of excursions off track during the session but managed to recover to round out row three in ninth.
Italian rider Romano Fenati claimed the first spot on the fourth row in tenth ahead of recently permanent Moto3 rider Jorge Navarro and customer Mahindra rider Brad Binder. Binder did well to overcome an issue with a broken quick shifter and claim twelfth. Niklas Ajo had a big crash at turn one at the halfway stage of the session, he was able to walk away gingerly but he was unable to complete any further laps and qualified in 19th. Eric Granado had a nasty high side with ten minutes remaining in the session, he was carried away on a stretcher after previously breaking his finger in the mornings FP3.
|3||58||Juanfran GUEVARA||Kalex KTM||1'36.389||0.339||0.325|
|11||99||Jorge NAVARRO||Kalex KTM||1'36.753||0.703||0.061|
|21||43||Luca GRÜNWALD||Kalex KTM||1'37.228||1.178||0.025|
|29||9||Scott DEROUE||Kalex KTM||1'38.026||1.976||0.009|
|30||65||Philipp OETTL||Kalex KTM||1'38.467||2.417||0.441|
|34||4||Gabriel RAMOS||Kalex KTM||1'39.047||2.997||0.054|