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Crutchlow storms Phillip Island, Rossi surprises with second place!

After Friday afternoon practice was cancelled due to the rough weather, the rain was hammering down on the Australian circuit, it seemed we were in for another rainy MotoGP race.

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Luckily the gods of thunder were merciful and the race was completely dry, with track temperatures reaching up to 36 degrees Celsius. After an amazing qualifying run that got him to pole position, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) proved that his win in Brno wasn’t just luck and that he is a rider we will be writing more about in the coming season.

It was a Grand Prix race filled with adrenaline

After the start of the race Marc Marquez took the lead and was going strong, pulling away lap after lap. At the begging of the race weekend Marc stated he will race at the edge and he stayed true to his word, putting up a breathtaking performance. Unfortunately he found himself on the wrong side of the edge and slid out of the race at the Honda corner.

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Marc Marquez crashes hard – Cal takes the lead

Error by the reigning world champion allowed Cal Crutchlow to hop in to a comfortable first position taking the checkered flag with 4 seconds to spare. Rossi was hot in pursuit, but after a disastrous qualifying session he started from 15th place. His efforts just weren’t enough to catch Cal, but Valentino still finished in second place.

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The final podium position was claimed by the upcoming MotoGP star, Maverick Vinales, who was also starting from the back of the pack, 13th position on the grid.

Four riders got a DNF in Australia MotoGP race, Hector Barbera, Aleix Espargaro, Loris Baz and the already mentioned Marc Marquez.

Australia Phillip Island Moto GP results:

1. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 40m 48.543s
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 40m 52.761s
3. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 40m 53.852s
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 40m 57.700s
5. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 41m 2.842s
6. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 41m 8.668s
7. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 41m 16.912s
8. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 41m 17.324s
9. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 41m 17.335s
10. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 41m 17.358s
11. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 41m 20.352s
12. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 41m 36.277s
13. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 41m 36.292s
14. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 41m 42.854s
15. Mike Jones AUS Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 41m 44.418s
16. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 41m 54.938s
17. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 42m 11.147s
Hector Barbera ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) DNF
Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) DNF

Anze Hribar

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