Full report and results below:
Jorge Lorenzo has taken victory in the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island following one of the most bizarre and controversial races in recent memory. Unbelievably Lorenzo was able to cut Marc Marquez's championship lead to eighteen points after the rookie championship leader was black flagged for running eleven laps on his first set of tyres when competitors were under strict instruction to run no longer than ten on the fragile Bridgestone compound. Dani Pedrosa ended the race in second place and kept his slim championship hopes alive, he was dropped slightly in the early laps but managed to close the gap to Lorenzo and Marquez as they approached the middle stages and the bike-swap pit stops.
Pedrosa was the first rider to enter the pits, he did so with a bit too much enthusiasm and was given an order to drop a position after missing the pit lane speed limit marker, with six laps to go he dropped back to let Marc Marquez past him and a lap later Marquez received his crucial and really unfortunate penalty. For the most part the mandatory bike swaps went ahead in an orderly fashion, the only real drama unsurprisingly involved Marquez as he exited the pits and Lorenzo and Pedrosa came barreling down the home straight into turn one at the same time, Lorenzo careered into the somewhat dawdling Marquez, broke a protector off his glove and unceremoniously shoved the young pretender out of the way.
Valentino Rossi managed to snare the final place on the podium after a fantastic and familiar battle with Cal Crutchlow and Alvaro Bautista who finished in fourth and fifth places respectively. Bradley Smith ended the race in sixth after an excellent start which saw him enter turn one in fourth place, hot on the tails of Lorenzo, Marquez and Pedrosa. The Ducati trio of Nicky Hayden, Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso followed behind the Brit while Randy DePuniet rounded out the top ten and finished as the top CRT rider.
Marc Marquez wasn't the only rider to get his number of laps mixed up as both Australian riders Bryan Staring and Damian Cudlin were black flagged for the same reason. As if there wasn't enough drama throughout the race, the odd drizzle of rain emerged in the closing laps just to cap off what really was a truly bewildering yet somehow captivating experience.
|10||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||37.426|
|12||5||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||48.149|
|17||71||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||+1'08.105|
|20||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||FTR||1 Lap|
|21||50||Damian CUDLIN||PBM||2 Laps|
|67||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||0 Lap|
|93||Marc MARQUEZ||Honda||0 Lap|