MotoGP – Australian GP – Race
It´s race day! a clear blue sky at Phillip Island for the 17th race of the calendar. We got battles, crashes and some memorable moments on this year´s Australian GP.
Lights were off and race started with Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci making a move on the first lap, but this last one went wide at the second sector, and ruining his chances for a good result. Miller, Marquez and Dovizioso were on front after finishing first lap, followed by Zarco, Rossi and the Suzuki´s of Iannone and Rins.
First laps were done and when Zarco was trying to make a move on Marquez, both tyres collide, sending the french to the ground and causing severe damage on the Spaniard´s bike, 2 retirements on the early stage of the race caused by an unfortunate racing incident.
First 10 laps were almost complete and when Dovizioso, Miller and Rossi were fighting for the lead, Maverick Viñales joined the party after recovering from a bad start, and establishing a strong pace that separate him from the rest of the group of Dovizioso, Iannone, Rins, Rossi and Bautista, who also joined the party.
Reaching the second half of the race and no one could catch the pace of Viñales, the could only fight for the second place as the Spaniard was having a monumental pace; But at least an exiting one, as Dovizioso, Iannone, Rossi, Rins and Bautista were on the intese battle for finding a place at the podium.
Final laps and the battle for second place reduced from 5 to 2 riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone were side by side as both increased the pace for catching up Maverick Viñales, but after gaining a 4 seconds gap, it was enough for keeping his first GP win since last year´s French GP, with the Maniac on 2nd place and Dovi completing the podium; also highliting a remarkable performace from Alvaro Bautista, as he made a comeback from 12th to 4th on a bike that he didn´t had much experience.
1. Maverick Viñales /// 2. Andrea Iannone /// 3. Andrea Dovizioso
4. Alvaro Bautista/// 5. Alex Rins /// 6. Valentino Rossi
7. Jack Miller /// 8. Franco Morbidelli /// 9. Aleix Espargaro
10. Bradley Smith /// 11. Karel Abraham /// 12. Danilo Petrucci
13. Scott Redding /// 14. Takaaki Nakagamni /// 15. Xavier Simeon
16. Thomas Luthi /// 17. Jordi Torres /// 18. Mike Jones
DNF: Pol Espargaro, Hafizh Syahrin , Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Johann Zarco
A huge win for Maverick Viñales and Yamaha, as the team cuts a drought of 25 races without a race win and improves the morality of a team that has faced many difficulties all over the season. Next stop is Malaysia, to the Sepang International Circuit, the 18th and second last race of the calendar; hoping for more exciting moments for the last 2 races this awesome season.