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MotoGP: Podium Sweep and Crashes at Australian Grand Prix
The Doctor started from eighth on the grid in his 250th appearance in the premier class and was there to take advantage as Marc Marquez crashed out of the race lead with 10 laps to go. It is Rossi’s 108th career win, 82 in the top class of Grand Prix racing. The race also marks the first all-Yamaha podium since Le Mans 2008.
99 Jorge Lorenzo
“This has probably been the luckiest second place of my life. A lot of faster riders crashed. You struggle all weekend with setup but then you get the wrong tire on race day. It was a complete drama to even stay on the bike. I managed to stay on the bike, I was very lucky.”
38 Bradley Smith
"It’s a crazy result really for me...I didn’t even know I was third on the last lap. I crossed the line and it was just Jorge and Rossi ahead of me so I checked the big screen!"
Starting from his best grid position of the year, Ducati Team’s Cal Crutchlow was in second with just a half lap to go. He had a lock on a podium finish when he crash out, allowing Jorge Lorenzo to take the second podium spot. Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith was next in third, giving his his first MotoGP podium. Nine riders either crashed or failed to finish, many of them frontrunners in the race.
8 Hector Barbera
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) crossed the line fourth, with Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) as high as fifth. In his 200th Grand Prix race Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) was sixth and his teammate Scott Redding seventh.
7 Hiroshi Aoyama
Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive M7 Aspar), Alex de Angelis (NGM Forward Racing) and Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) completed the top ten.
With the pressure off and the MotoGP title retained last weekend in Japan, Marquez had fired away at the front looking for a 12th win of the year and attempting to equal Mick Doohan’s record from 1997 for most premier-class GP wins in a single season. But Marquez’s race ended as he lost the front end coming out of Lukey Heights when he led by four seconds.
93 Marc Marquez
“Today, because I had no pressure on me, I tried a different approach pushing hard from the start to try to open the largest gap possible. We were having a good race, right up until the crash. It was a pity that I went down at a time that I was not riding on the limit or faster than the lap before. It was a race where there were many crashes, and almost all happened the same way, the front wheel locking up."
Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) was an early faller. Also early on Iannone (Pramac Racing) came into contact with the rear of Pedrosa’s bike, ending his race. The contact resulted in Pedrosa entering the pits due to bike damage.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) clashed with the rear of Aleix Espargaro’s bike, causing the German to fall unhurt. Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) was forced to stop off several corners later due to the damage to his bike. Broc Parks (Paul Bird Motorsport) entered the pits and retired at mid race distance.
Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was making a move to a podium finish, gaining on Lorenzo when he lost the front at turn four. After the race Bradl was given one penalty point by Race Direction for his collision with Aleix Espargaro at Turn 4. Smith also receives a penalty point for overtaking under yellow flags in the wake of the Marquez incident. The collision between Iannone and Pedrosa will be reviewed by Race Direction in Sepang as Iannone is still undergoing treatment after his crash.
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