Full Recap and Results Below.
Valentino Rossi has taken victory following a tumultuous Australian MotoGP race at Phillip Island; starting his 250th premier class race Rossi was handed the lead by Marc Marquez after the Spaniard crashed out of a four second advantage with nine laps remaining, the Spaniard lost the front under heavy braking into MG corner and was unable to rejoin the race. The race was extremely high in attrition as only 14 of the 23 race starters finished. Jorge Lorenzo eventually claimed second place, a distant 10 seconds behind Rossi after struggling with his choice of super-soft front tyre.
Bradley Smith claimed his best ever MotoGP result and the final podium place keeping his Yamaha upright while others crashed around him. Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso finished in fourth place two seconds behind Smith while Hector Barbera took an unlikely fifth spot a further fifteen seconds back. Barbera came out on top of a fierce battle with Alvaro Bautista, his team mate Scott Redding, Hiroshi Aoyama, Alex DeAngelis and Nicky Hayden who completed the top ten at the rear of the group.
The story of the race however was the incredible number of retirements; Pol Espargaro crashed out of the race while running in fourth place ahead of his team mate Smith. The most unfortunate of the retirees however was Cal Crutchlow who crashed while running in a comfortable second place on the final lap, having chased down and passed Jorge Lorenzo a few laps earlier. Conditions were cool and cloudy and the temperature had dropped to 16 degrees; it's lowest of the weekend to date which clearly had a marked effect on tyre performance.
Karel Abraham crashed very early and Andrea Iannone went down shortly after, careering into the back of Dani Pedrosa at turn four who was lucky to not also be brought down, Pedrosa would later have to retire due to damage to his Honda. Stefan Bradl went down with eight laps to go, leaving his braking too late into turn four and hitting the rear of Aleix Espargaro in similar fashion to Iannone and Pedrosa earlier. Espargaro would also be forced to retire moments later due to incurred damage.
The victory cements Rossi's second place position in the Championship standings while Jorge Lorenzo moves into third place due to Dani Pedrosa's DNF.
|9||7||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Forward Yamaha||33.577|
|14||2||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||+1'28.050|
|35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Ducati||1 Lap|
|44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||3 Laps|
|41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||7 Laps|
|6||Stefan BRADL||Honda||8 Laps|
|93||Marc MARQUEZ||Honda||10 Laps|
|23||Broc PARKES||PBM||14 Laps|
|26||Dani PEDROSA||Honda||21 Laps|
|29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||22 Laps|
|17||Karel ABRAHAM||Honda||23 Laps|