2018 Phillip Island Moto2 & Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:

Darryn Binder set for Australian adventure after podium at Motegi

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider more motivated than ever for Phillip Island after claiming first Grand Prix rostrum.

10/24/2018 - Phillip Island Circuit, Australia

Darryn Binder enjoyed a dream start to the flyaway rounds this past weekend, taking his first podium in Grand Prix racing at the Japanese GP. He will look to build on that third place -as well as his best qualifying placing of the season so far- when the series moves on to Australia. The second stop of the packed triple-header, the race at Phillip Island offers up an opportunity to keep the momentum going.

Improving on the result of the Japanese GP will not be easy, but Binder has a good record at Phillip Island. Whilst several races have been difficult for him, he has enjoyed others, such as the 2016 edition in which he finished fourth and was just a tenth of a second off the podium. The South African will try to set up a good result on Sunday with good Free Practice and qualifying sessions, as he has done at the last two rounds.

The Australian track is a great circuit for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team, as they have a total of four wins there: Sandro Cortese in 2012, Jack Miller in 2014, Miguel Oliveira in 2015 and Brad Binder in 2016.

A change in time schedule means that the 23-lap Moto3 race will start at 1:00pm local time -3am CET- on Sunday.


"We come into the Australian GP in the best possible shape. Besides getting my first podium in Japan last week and fighting for the win right until the end, we have had a very good few weeks and we are very fast and competitive. In addition, this weekend we go to one of my favorite circuits of the entire calendar. In 2016 I was only one tenth off the podium, so after the Japanese GP I am more motivated than ever. I hope to be able to ride in the front group again and fight for the top positions until the end, at a track with totally different characteristics to Motegi."

Oliveira and Binder return to scene of brilliant 2017 Australian GP one-two

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders go to Phillip Island motivated to continue battle for rider and team titles.

10/24/2018 - Phillip Island Circuit, Australia

The frantic pace of the flyaway rounds sees the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders move on from Japan to Australia this weekend. In what will be the seventeenth round of the season, Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder will look to repeat their great result from last year, when they achieved a 1-2 finish, and also increase the gap in the top of team standings.

Miguel Oliveira has the chance to cut the gap to the Moto2 series leader at Phillip Island, which now stands at 37 points. The Portuguese rider can draw upon his strong showing from last year, when he started from the front row and achieved a dominant victory. Oliveira also has two further podiums in Australia in Moto3, from 2012 and 2015 -1st position.

Brad Binder also has fond memories of Australia. In addition to achieving his first Moto2 podium there last year, he has not been outside the Top 3 at this round of the season since 2015. Binder wants to consolidate his position in third in the standings, and also return to the fight for the top during the race. The Phillip Island track is favourable for both the South African and his KTM bike.

The race this weekend in Phillip Island will deviate from its usual schedule, taking place on Sunday from 2:20pm local time -4:20am CET time. On Friday and Saturday the intermediate class will go on track just after Moto3 and before MotoGP.


"Last year we had a very positive experience in Australia, since Brad [Binder] and I were both on the podium in a one-two. It is a very special circuit, where your feeling on the bike is more important than ever and the wind can have a big influence. I am very motivated ahead of this weekend. We still want to give our all, and we will try to get the most out of the bike to be able to fight for the victory again -and continue battling for the title. We aren't giving up."


"I really can't wait to get to Australia. In the last three years I've had very good races there and I'm really looking forward to giving 100% and fighting to the end. Also, Phillip Island has always been a circuit that has suited me, and where I have gone very fast. I'm very excited to get this weekend underway and I think that the KTM is also very well suited to the track. There are some things that I want to try to improve, and if they work then I hope to feel confident again and feel that I can do whatever I want on the bike. If we find those improvements, I'm sure we'll be back on top in Australia and hopefully we can repeat the great result that the whole team took last time."

Bryan Staring will replace Bo Bendsneyder in Phillip Island

Following his unfortunate accident on the last lap of the Japanese Grand Prix last Sunday, Bo Bendsneyder is still in Okubo Hospital Tokyo, where he gets the best possible treatment to his broken left tibia in order to return home within a short time to be able to recover and come back to competition soon. The entire Tech3 Racing team wants to wish Bo a speedy recovery.

For the Australian Grand Prix, the French squad was able to engage Bryan Staring to take over the Mistral 610 from the Dutch rookie. The Australian arrives with a wealth of experience from riding 125cc World Championship, MotoGP, World Supersport, World Superbike and the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship. Currently, the 31-year old is competing in the Australian Superbike series and eager to try a Moto2 machine for the first time.

Bryan Staring

“I’m really excited to come and ride Moto2, the first time for me ever in this category. Actually, it’s such an honour to be able to race at the Australian Grand Prix, which is my home GP. A massive thank you to Hervé Poncharal for giving me the opportunity on this special bike and also to Kawasaki Australia for allowing me to do this event. I have really no expectations, but a lot of anticipation. I’m looking forward to go out on the bike and enjoying the weekend!”


Phillip Island, Australia – Wednesday 24th October

Circuit: Phillip Island

Circuit Length: 4.4 km

Round seventeen sees the MotoGP paddock head down under to the stunning Philip Island Circuit, in Australia.

Fresh from a positive weekend at his home Grand Prix in Japan, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Ayumu Sasaki has his sights set firmly on continuing his top ten momentum from Motegi last week. The eighteen-year-old is confident that he can improve on his 2017 result at the Island, that saw him finish in an impressive 7th place in his rookie year.

Also experiencing a productive weekend at Philip Island last year, Adam Norrodin is eager to get back to the track that saw him finish in 8th position in 2017. Determined to improve after a tough weekend in Japan, Norrodin will be looking to capitalise on his previous positive experience around the 4.4km track.


“I feel very motivated to race at Philip Island, especially after a not so good result at Motegi last week. I am really focused on making a good result this weekend, before going to my home GP in Malaysia. Last year we made really good progress and a good result at Philip Island, so this has given me a boost of confidence. I will concentrate and focus my attention much harder on the target this weekend – I am ready to work hard and get back a positive momentum.”


“I have a very good feeling with the bike now; the base set-up that we have is working at almost every track from the start. I feel confident that it will continue like this in Australia. I like the circuit at Philip Island a lot. Last year was my first time riding there, but it was my best race of the season, so I’m pretty excited to get back on track. I feel a lot stronger in myself this year too and I think we are coming better every race, so I’m really looking forward to this GP.”


Phillip Island, Australia – Wednesday 24th October

Circuit: Phillip Island

Circuit Length: 4.4 km

PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Niki Tuuli is all set for the Australian Grand Prix this weekend, as he returns to the circuit that has seen him finish in the top ten for the past two years in a row, whilst competing in the World SuperSport Championship.

The Finnish rider has a clear target insight as he aims to improve his feeling on board the Kalex Moto2 machine and continue the progress made in Motegi last week.

#66 Niki Tuuli

“I’m really looking forward to the Philip Island weekend. First of all we need to ride as many laps as possible and make consistent lap times. I need to find a really good feeling, to be smooth on the bike and trust my riding much more than in Japan. I feel confident that I can do it. The team are doing such a great job, I just need to put all the pieces together on track.”

Australia awaits for Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders

Aron Canet and Alonso Lopez have a quick turnaround for the season's only round in the continent of Oceania.

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders Aron Canet and Alonso Lopez contest the seventeenth round of the World Championship season this coming weekend, going to Phillip Island for the Australian GP.

Canet will have the opportunity to recover from his misfortune this past weekend in Japan, where he was unable to avoid an incident at Turn 3 of the opening lap and was eliminated from the race. At Phillip Island he earned his first Grand Prix podium in 2016, although last year he was taken out of the race by another rider when fighting amongst a large leading group. Canet is sixth in the World Championship with 118 points.

Alonso Lopez will make his Australian debut at Phillip Island, and will have to adapt quickly to this weekend's venue. His late season progression saw him finish eighteenth in Japan, just outside the points after a demanding race. He is targetting a Top 15 placing this time around, to move him up from his current spot of 23rd in the overall standings with 31 points.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders will kick off the action on Friday at 10am local time with the first Free Practice for the Moto3 class. The race is scheduled for Sunday at 1pm.

Aron Canet

6th in the overall standings with 118 points

"I think we can do very well in Australia"

"Although last year I crashed in the race, Phillip Island is a circuit that I like a lot and I think that this year we can do very well there. I also have one of the best memories of my entire sporting career there, so we want a good race that makes us forget about the experience of last year. Australia is not only a great circuit, but the natural surroundings and the country itself are impressive."

Alonso López

23rd in the overall standings with 31 points

"I can't wait to get to Australia"

"I can't wait to get to Australia because, although I have not been there yet, Phillip Island is an incredible circuit -one of the best of the season, and that's only from other people's references. I will take things calmly so that I'm not as I tense as I was in Japan. I will try to learn a lot from those who have more experience than me; I think that this is what I need at the moment to grow as a rider. I'm also interested in the weather and nature in Australia."

Marquez and Mir head Down Under for spectacular Phillip Island challenge

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Alex Marquez and Joan Mir travel south this weekend to Australia to contest the middle of three back-to-back flyaway races at the awe-inspiring Phillip Island track.

The super-fast and technically demanding 4.4km Phillip Island track hosts the Australian Grand Prix this weekend, with Alex Marquez and Joan Mir determined to play a prominent role in the podium battle in the 16th round of the Moto2 World Championship.

Alex Marquez continued his impressive run of form at Japan’s Twin Ring Motegi last weekend when he fought hard inside the top five just over 48 hours after a heavy crash in FP1. Marquez has never won at Phillip Island but he has come incredibly close to conquering the top step of the podium in the past. The Spaniard was only 0.5s off the win in fourth place on his second visit to Phillip Island in 2013 and he went even closer to glory in his World Championship-winning campaign in 2014. Marquez finished second in a thrilling encounter that saw the top three split by the narrow margin of just 0.032s, which made it the second closest podium in the history of the lightweight World Championship.

Marquez has never finished outside of the top 10 in his five previous races in Australia and he is hoping another strong ride this weekend boosts his bid to take third position in the overall World Championship standings.

Phillip Island is a venue that holds a special place in Joan Mir’s heart after he made his World Championship debut there back in 2015 as replacement for the injured Hiroki Ono.

He failed to finish in 2015 and 2016 but bounced back superbly 12 months ago to win in a classic battle that saw the top seven split by less than 0.9s. That victory ensured Mir was crowned 2017 Moto3 World Champion.

Marquez and Mir can expect to face varying weather conditions in Australia’s spring season, which always makes the task of mastering Phillip Island a tough proposition.

Regardless of climatic conditions, the Phillip Island track is undoubtedly one of the most popular of the season and is world famous for its fast and flowing layout and jaw-dropping location adjacent to the Bass Strait.

Marquez and Mir get down to business in FP1 at 1055am local time on Friday, and the 25-lap Moto2 race is scheduled to start at 1420pm on Sunday afternoon.

Alex Marquez: 5th in the overall standings on 137 with points

“Phillip Island is a place I enjoy riding at a lot”

“Phillip Island is an unbelievable track and really nice and a place I enjoy riding at a lot. The conditions can be very complicated and it is important to keep maximum concentration to deal with the changing weather. I want to continue performing well like in Japan where we managed to recover from a difficult situation with the big crash in FP1 to fight for the top four.

Joan Mir: 7th in the overall standings on 128 with points

“Winning the Moto3 title last year is such a special memory”

“Australia is a place I really enjoy and last year it was in Phillip Island where I was able to win the Moto3 title. It is such a special memory for me and I’ve always been able get strong results there. I have a question mark about my potential this weekend because we are in a difficult period with a lot of things to solve. But we will continue to give our maximum to try and be more competitive and hopefully we can show our true potential.”


Albert Arenas and Andrea Migno hope to take competitive form from Japan to Phillip Island

The rollercoaster battle for the Moto3 World Championship between Jorge Martín and Marco Bezzecchi has just three races left now and the pair head to Phillip Island in Australia this weekend with just a point between them. Jorge Martín holds the advantage after an unpredictable season when neither rider has been able to take control. With the MotoGP World Championship decided and the Moto2 almost done thanks to Pecco Bagnaia’s 37-point advantage, which could see him crowned this weekend, there is no doubt that the closest championship fight is in the smaller category.

The Ángel Nieto Team are in determined mood as they travel to Australia, after Sunday’s race in Japan that saw Albert Arenas and Andrea Migno set a strong pace. The Italian has been making progress since Misano and along with his technical staff he is working to find the missing speed to help him fight at the front like he did at the start of the season. Albert Arenas arrives at Phillip Island hoping to bounce back from the DNF at Motegi, where he was lapping as high as sixth and was in the hunt for the win when he made a mistake that he will be sure to learn from in the remaining races of the season.

Andrea Migno: “In Australia we are hoping to find a little more speed, as we have been doing in recent races, to get back into that fight with the front group. The race here last year didn’t go well for me but hopefully this year we can continue with our recent improvements and be in the battle for a good position.”

Albert Arenas: “We turn a fresh page this weekend after the DNF in Japan, a blank page because we don’t have references from Phillip Island last year because I was injured. In any case, we go there feeling strong in body and mind, to continue the good work we have done in the second half of this season.”

Australian Grand Prix: Preview

Seventeenth round of the World Championship and third to last race of the season: we are in Australia, on the suggestive circuit of Phillip Island. With its breathtaking scenery and beautiful ocean views, the Australian track is one of the fastest, most fluid, tracks on the calendar, appreciated by riders. The circuit is 4.4 km long and has 12 corners, 7 left and 5 right and a a 900m straight. No breath for the riders of the World Championship that, after the race in Japan of the last week, are ready, only 5 days after, to came back on track. Tony Arbolino has an excellent physical and mental condition, regenerated after the good performances of the latest races. The exotic climate of the extra-European races seems to be good for the rider from Garbagnate, competitive and sure of himself. This is the best moment of the year for Tony, he is aware of that and he wants to make the most. Another new track for Xavi Cardelus who is continuing his growth path. Phillip Island is a hard circuit and stimulating at the same time and Xavi aims to face the weekend at the best.

Tony Arbolino: "Phillip Island is another amazing track, we arrive full of energy and motivated after the top weekend in Japan. We are competitive and we know we can do well. Before the end of the championship I really want to get a great result in order to start well the next year. Now we'll try the final sprint and we'll give our best even in Australia"!

Xavi Cardelús: "I face this second Grand Prix of the triple-header with great enthusiasm as Phillip Island is one of the historical track of the World Championship. As I saw, it is a very technical circuit, not easy at all, but the goal is the same of every weekend: do it in the best way and collect the maximum experience. We hope the weather won't be a problem for us and, dry or wet, to be able to ride as much as possible to prepare the race at the best".


In Moto2, Bagnaia on track to achieve the maximum result with Marini ready to back close to the strongest guys. In Moto3: Foggia in the group of the first ones and confirmation for Vietti Ramus.

COWES (AUSTRALIA), October 25th 2018 - At the start the second race of the October triptych for the Sky Racing Team VR46: quick stop in the beautiful landscape of Phillip Island for the Australian GP. After the victory at Motegi, Francesco Bagnaia will back to the track with an advantage of 37 points on his direct opponent for the title. At his side, ready to be protagonists in the group of the strongest guys Luca Marini, Dennis Foggia and Celestino Vietti Ramus, who will replace Nicolò Bulega still convalescing after the surgery on the right hand.

Left for the trip outside Europe with a gap of 28 points, Pecco has held an excellent conduct in Japan and has extended his advantage by a further 9 points with only three GP still to be raced. Constant throughout the weekend, on Sunday, he set his pace and crossed the finishing line with Quartararo, the only one able to keep up his pace. Positive growth also for Luca, author of a second half of the race really convincing and ready to return to the top places.

Positive feelings also for Foggia and Vietti Ramus who will discover the breathtaking layout of the Australian circuit in Friday's free practices. After the podium in Thailand and the fourth place in Motegi, Dennis wants to remain close to the leading group to hit another important placement. The goal is to gain experience for Celestino instead, at the second weekend with the team.

PABLO NIETO - Team Manager

In Moto2, the victory in Japan, even if announced at the end of the race, has allowed us to further open the gap on our direct opponent. It has created a positive situation, but we can not lose concentration. Every point is important, every detail. We will continue to work with the same passion, aiming for the maximum result. Luca, especially in the final stages of the race, has shown to have the rhythm of the strongest guys and I expect to see him behind the very firsts. The whole Moto3 Team is growing and this is an incentive to end the season at 100%. Dennis has hit the podium in Thailand, then a beautiful fourth place and Celestino has started on the right foot is growth path in the World Championship.

Pecco Bagnaia

We leave Japan after have expanding the gap to Miguel and this is an excellent news for the Phillip Island race. A track that I like a lot, but at the same time challenging, difficult and on which last year the KTM were really fast. It will be an important weekend and we will try to manage it taking care of every detail.

Luca Marini

After Japan, I can not wait to back on track in Australia. A circuit that has always fascinated me - the view on the ocean is incredible - that I like, but where I have never managed to be really competitive. We get there after some good races and we can make something good.

Dennis Foggia

So many times I've heard about the turn 1 at Phillip Island and I can not wait to get on track to face this circuit after another very important result. With the Team we are doing a great job and we have to continue in this direction till Valencia, the rookie championship is still open.

Celestino Vietti Ramus

It was a very positive debut in the Championship: the first points, the first race in the group of the strongest guys and a lot of experience for the next year. So many motivations for facing the Phillip Island race, one of the tracks I've always heard about.


The MotoGP circus arrives at the charming Australian track that exactly twelve months ago saw the Leopard Racing Team mark a historic 1-2 win. On this weekend, Bastianini & Dalla Porta will attempt to climb to the top of the standings.

The Moto3 World Championship is facing the second stage of the 'triple header' by moving to Oceania and the Phillip Island track. A historic circuit (the first motorcycle race dates back to 1931), that winds up for 4.4km, and since 1997 has uninterruptedly hosted the Australia Grand Prix event.

For the Leopard Racing Team, this track evokes sweet memories: just 12 months ago there was the historic 1-2 win that consecrated Joan Mir world champion flanked by team-mate Livio Loi.

In this 2018 season the protagonists are different but the fighting spirit is unchanged: Enea Bastianini & Lorenzo Dalla Porta are ready for the climb to the top of the standings.

Above all, the Tuscan talent is experiencing a moment of extraordinary form: Lorenzo is in fact the Moto3 rider who has scored more points (68) in the last four rounds of the championship, results that have launched him in the World Top 5, just behind his teammate.

In 2017 Enea Bastianini crossed the finish line in fifth place, his best result in Australia. Will Bestia be able to improve his personal score this year and close the gap from the top of the championship standings? Follow us and you'll find out ...

NTS RW Racing GP arrive Down Under

The team’s riders Steven Odendaal and Joe Roberts are excited for their debut race at the ultra-fast and flowing Phillip Island track in front of this unique amazing South Australian scenery.

NTS RW Racing GP checked-off the disappointing outcome of the Motegi race last Sunday quite quickly. The long-haul trip coming from Japan was a help for sure but as soon as Steven Odendaal and Joe Roberts crossed the bridge to move over to Phillip Island, both were overwhelmed by lots of impressions and wowing’s, exploring the nice island with its fascinating wildlife for the first time for them.

The Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit is quite a unique track, allowing one of the calendar’s highest average speed. On the other hand, the Australian Grand Prix is somehow a nightmare for the European fans due to the big difference in terms of time. Every day during the weekend, the time schedule starts shortly after midnight and ends still early in the morning CET. In the night from Saturday to Sunday, the change from summer to winter time will also have an additional impact.

#4 Steven ODENDAAL (NTS RW Racing RG, NTS):

"So, coming to Australia to this beautiful place I’m excited to be at a circuit that’s look like it is an amazing track. Therefore, I can’t wait to swing my leg over my NTS machine again. Beyond that, I believe that we can be a lot more competitive than last time in Motegi so, I’m looking forward to bringing the team something to smile about and enjoy as well as I’m sure that we can bring home a few points this weekend. I also would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to the team for always giving their 100 percent."

#16 Joe ROBERTS (NTS RW Racing GP, NTS):

"Well, Australia is a track I’ve never been to but, it’s a circuit I’ve dreamed about riding here since I was a kid because you can see so many amazing races at this place. This track is one of those tracks that, if you’re are a motorcycle racer, you always would love to ride at Phillip Island once. Therefore, to be here is pretty amazing. When I had a run around yesterday, it’s just as beautiful. Apart from that, I think it’s going to be a good weekend because not only for the track, this awesome scenery and everything else here. Foremost, this layout will suite me quite well because I always enjoy fast and flowing tracks. On the other hand, if we can continue with all these positives we’re going with and the good results that begin to be coming as well as the progression and everything, if we take all these into this weekend, I’m sure we go for another great weekend."

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