Even though Marc Marquez (Repsol
Honda) may have won the Moto GP 2016 championship, the win by Cal Crutchlow
(LCR Honda) in Australian GP held on the race track of Phillip Island on
October 23, 2016 proved that there is a lot more excitement left in the
remaining races of the MotoGP.
Phillip Island lies just off
Australia’s southern coast in the Pacific Ocean. As for the race, it saw the
champion Marquez crashing out and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) storming
up from P15 but unable to go past Crutchlow who kept his cool for a stunning second
career victory. Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Viñales completed the podium.
The fight for P2 between
Crutchlow and Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) saw the Brit emerge on top,
as Rossi was charging through the field – picking off Pol Espargaro and Andrea
Dovizioso (Ducati Team) as the rider from Tavullia entered podium contention,
then setting his sights on Aleix Espargaro and soon getting past.
But then suddenly the crowds
saw Marquez sliding through the gravel at Turn 4. That was the end to his race
for the crown in the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
After swapping positions in a
three-way fight, Turn 4 then claimed another victim as Aleix Espargaro lost his
Suzuki machine with 5 laps to go, and teammate Viñales broke the resolve of Dovizioso
to take the final place on the podium and head the Italian home.
‘Kentucky Kid’ Hayden,
standing in for injured Dani Pedrosa at Repsol Honda, put in an impressive
one-off return to his 2006 championship winning colours as he battled well
within the points, before Miller took Turn 4 a little overenthusiastically and
Hayden was the casualty, sliding out.
Hector Barbera was another
crasher, leaving Redding to lead compatriot Bradley Smith over the line for P7,
with the top ten completed by Petrucci and Miller. As well as the solid result
for Miller, fellow Australian Mike Jones scored a point on his Avintia Racing
machine as he replaced Hector Barbera, impressing once again.
The race now moves to Sepang
(Inputs from MotoGP)
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