MotoGP Australian: Marc Marquez Wins After Maverick Vinales Clashes at Phillip Island
- On October 26th, Australian MotoGP qualifying was canceled due to strong winds and moved to Sunday morning at Phillip Island.
In qualifying, Maverick Vinales (Monster Yamaha) took pole position ahead of Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda).
From this event, Johann Zarco (LCR Honda) replaced Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) as Honda rider for the final three races.
The race started in the afternoon, reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez took his 11th victory of 2019 as long-time race leader Maverick Vinales crashed out on the final lap.
Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) finished 2nd. It is his first podium since German GP in July. Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) was 3rd, which is his fourth podium of 2019.
The second position start, Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) contacted with Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) at 1st lap and crashed out.
Andrea Iannone (Factory Aprilia Gresini) took 6th place, which was his best result this season.
Marc Marquez said, “On the last lap it was my plan to overtake him on the main straight and then try to close all the doors. I was trying to brake so deep going in and I was sliding a lot on the rear as the tyre was finished.
At Turn 10 he had already overtaken me two times so I knew he would come so I went in so deep with quite strong braking.
I didn’t know that he had crashed but I would have had a second chance I think before the finish line I would have been able to overtake him too.”
Maverick Vinales said, “Today was a race to win, not to be second. I had the chance, so I tried. I shifted down one gear, locked the rear and then just fell down on the other side. Maybe I was banking the bike a little bit more, trying to go to the inside. I really don’t know. For sure it was my fault because if I rode normally I wouldn't have crashed. But I need to understand the way to fight with the Yamaha. So if this time I fell down, maybe next time I can make the attack work. We will see. Today was important to learn.
For sure we have things to improve. You could see on the TV. So we need to keep working. I think we have very positive points but others that we have to improve.
I'm quite happy because I could keep a good rhythm. I think of the rest maybe only Marc was better than us. But the rest were 11-12 seconds back. So I think the consumption of the tyre was good.”
Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle GP Race Results
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 40m 43.729s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / +11.413s
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / +14.499s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Pramac Ducati / +14.554s
- Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / +14.817s
- Andrea Iannone / Factory Aprilia Gresini / +15.280s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / +15.294s
- Valentino Rossi / Monster Yamaha / +15.841s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +16.032s
- Aleix Espargaro / Factory Aprilia Gresini / +16.590s
- Franco Morbidelli / Petronas Yamaha / +24.145s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / +26.654s
- Johann Zarco / LCR Honda / +26.758s
- Karel Abraham / Reale Avintia Ducati / +44.912s
- Hafizh Syahrin / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / +44.968s
- Jorge Lorenzo / Repsol Honda / +66.045s
Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle GP Qualifying Results
- Maverick Vinales / Monster Yamaha / 1'28.492s
- Fabio Quartararo / Petronas Yamaha / +0.551s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +0.724s
- Valentino Rossi / Monster Yamaha / +0.751s
- Danilo Petrucci / Ducati Team / +0.847s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / +1.043s
- Aleix Espargaro / Factory Aprilia Gresini / +1.066s
- Andrea Iannone / Factory Aprilia Gresini / +1.089s
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / +1.123s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / +1.175s
- Franco Morbidelli / Petronas Yamaha / +1.224s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +1.455s
- Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / 1'29.712s
- Johann Zarco / LCR Honda / 1'30.008s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Pramac Ducati / 1'30.075s
- Karel Abraham / Reale Avintia Ducati / 1'30.165s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1'30.18s
- Mika Kallio / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1'30.495s
- Jorge Lorenzo / Repsol Honda / 1'31.179s
- Hafizh Syahrin / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / 1'31.285s
- Tito Rabat / Reale Avintia Ducati / 1'31.941s
- source : MotoGP