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Tissot Australian Grand Prix

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Phillip Island

Phillip Island

Phillip Island

Circuit info

Length: 4.448 m / 2.764 miles

Width: 13m

Left corners: 7

Right corners: 5

Longest straight: 900 m / 0.559 miles

Constructed: 1956

Modified: 1988

Race Length:            MotoGP    Moto2     Moto3
Laps     2/3 of laps         Total Distance
27                   -                 120.1 km - 74.6 miles


Phillip Island, the self-styled home of Australian motorsport, is steeped in motor racing tradition, with the first car races having been held there on public roads in the 1920s. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a permanent track was built in 1956. The circuit fell into disrepair during the late 70s and early 80s until it was bought in 1985 and given a AUS $5m facelift. MotoGP returned in 1989 and 1990 before becoming a regular fixture once more from 1997 onwards.

The Phillip Island circuit is blessed with breathtaking scenery and beautiful ocean views and, as one of the fastest, most fluid, tracks on the calendar, it continues to provide some of the most spectacular racing in the MotoGP season.

MotoGP Race Classification 2012


Phillip Island, Sunday, October 28, 2012

1251Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda175.741'01.324
22099Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha1759.223
31635Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha174.614.57
4134Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha17423.303
51119Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda17423.432
6106Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda17423.467
7946Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati17337.113
8869Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati17338.387
9717Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati17252.613
10641Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART171.5+1'00.299
11514Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART171.5+1'00.342
1248Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati170+1'21.951
1339Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter169.6+1'27.857
14251Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR168.31 Lap
15122Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR166.81 Lap

MotoGP Qualifying Nr. 2 Classification 2013 

Phillip Island, Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
199Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha337.91'27.899
293Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda342.51'28.1200.221 / 0.221
346Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha340.11'28.6470.748 / 0.527
419Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda341.41'28.7130.814 / 0.066
526Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda337.91'28.7480.849 / 0.035
635Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha336.81'28.8090.910 / 0.061
738Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha334.51'28.9411.042 / 0.132
869Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati3351'29.2951.396 / 0.354
94Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati339.51'29.6601.761 / 0.365
1029Andrea IANNONEITAEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati342.21'29.7561.857 / 0.096
115Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki329.91'30.2642.365 / 0.508
1214Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART327.21'30.735

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team, Phillip Island

Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team, Phillip Island
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Phillip Island
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Phillip Island 
Marquez, Lorenzo, Rossi, Repsol Honda Team, Yamaha Factory Racing, Phillip Island

Moto2 Qualifying Classification 

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
140Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex2871'32.530
280Esteve RABATSPATuenti HP 40Kalex289.91'32.5400.010 / 0.010
381Jordi TORRESSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter284.21'32.7690.239 / 0.229
415Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up288.11'32.7690.239
512Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Paddock Moto2Suter292.21'32.8170.287 / 0.048
636Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex290.11'32.8330.303 / 0.016
711Sandro CORTESEGERDynavolt Intact GPKalex288.31'32.8930.363 / 0.060
818Nicolas TEROLSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter289.41'32.9020.372 / 0.009
954Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up287.31'32.9460.416 / 0.044
1045Scott REDDINGGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex285.41'32.962

Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP 40, Phillip Island

Tito Rabat, Tuenti HP 40, Phillip Island

Jordi Torres, Aspar Team Moto2, Phillip Island

Moto3 Qualifying Classification 

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
139Luis SALOMSPARed Bull KTM AjoKTM244.31'36.890
294Jonas FOLGERGERMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM239.81'37.2680.378 / 0.378
37Efren VAZQUEZSPAMahindra RacingMahindra242.71'37.2920.402 / 0.024
425Maverick VIÑALESSPATeam CalvoKTM243.21'37.3610.471 / 0.069
542Alex RINSSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0KTM245.31'37.3820.492 / 0.021
632Isaac VIÑALESSPAOngetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda235.71'37.5430.653 / 0.161
722Ana CARRASCOSPATeam CalvoKTM245.21'37.5440.654 / 0.001
844Miguel OLIVEIRAPORMahindra RacingMahindra243.91'37.5530.663 / 0.009
963Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDINMALRed Bull KTM AjoKTM2421'37.6850.795 / 0.132
108Jack MILLERAUSCaretta Technology - RTGFTR Honda2441'37.7470.857 / 0.06

Jonas Folger, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Phillip Island

 Luis Salom, Red Bull KTM Ajo, Phillip Island

Motogp News

Casey Stoner becomes MotoGP™ Legend

Casey Stoner was inducted as a MotoGP™ Legend at Phillip Island on Saturday. The World Champion of 2007 and 2011 becomes the 20th MotoGP™ Legend, joining riders such as compatriots Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan.
Stoner joined the MotoGP™ premier class in 2006, impressing with Lucio Cecchinello’s LCR team before switching to Ducati Team and clinching his maiden riders’ title in 2007. A second crown came in the New South Wales rider’s maiden Repsol Honda Team campaign of 2011, then retiring at the end of the following year.

"It is very special," Stoner says as a MotoGP™ Legend. "It almost seemed a bit unrealistic when I was offered this, but I am not going to turn it down either.

"I appreciate being put alongside riders like that, even though sometimes I don’t feel like I deserve to be there. I am very proud of the achievements we had during our times in Grands Prix. We didn’t get the success we hoped for in the lower categories, but with MotoGP™ in the later years – except a few championships I think we could have fought for a little hard for – we were always very proud of what we achieved. It is a privilege for me to be added to a list of people like that."

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta added the importance of making Stoner a MotoGP™ Legend – an idea first put to the Australian at the end of last season.

"It is a great pleasure to have Casey here with us today and to be able to introduce him to the Hall of Fame of MotoGP™ Legends," Ezpeleta commented. "Casey has been an incredible rider for us and is really a Legend all around the world. I really appreciate having him here.

"We talked last year in Valencia, at the end of the championship; I proposed it to him, he said he would be very happy to do it and we agreed to do it here. Phillip Island is the place to do it and we are very happy and proud to see Casey and his family here. It is very important. Casey is part of our history and must be here."

Casey Stoner was born on 16th October 1985, meaning he celebrated his 28th birthday on Wednesday of this week. During his World Championship career, which began in the 125 class in 2001, Stoner achieved a total of 45 Grand Prix victories, 89 podium finishes, 43 pole positions and 33 fastest laps as well as his pair of world titles.

Lorenzo: ‘I’m happy I pushed to the limit’

Defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was not distracted by a collision with a seagull in Q2 at Phillip Island as he took pole with a new record lap.
With plenty of talk around tyre degradation at the newly resurfaced Australian track Q2 was of course all about one off times on the softer option tyre and Lorenzo was the rider who performed best in the 15 minute shootout.
Indeed Lorenzo became the fastest motorcycle rider ever around the Phillip Island circuit, posting his best time on his second run after colliding with a seagull coming over Lukey Heights on his first run.
He had already set a provisional pole time of 1’28.681, breaking the pole record set by Casey Stoner in 2008, with the bird stuck in his front fork. Rival Marc Marquez was quick to take back the top spot, leaving Lorenzo in second position as he headed back in for the first tyre change with eight minutes remaining of the session. 
After allowing most of the pack to enter the track, Lorenzo was back out with four minutes left on the clock. With no seagull to slow him down the Mallorcan was unflappable, dropping under the 1’28 mark with one minute to go and storming to an incredible 1’27.899 second lap for pole position. 
Lorenzo commented, "I had an impact with a bird on the first few laps on the bike, luckily we could take it off and I could make a second attempt without a passenger, maybe because of this I went a little bit faster and was able to make pole position."
"I’m very happy because I pushed to the limit to make the lap and I made a very good time. We have some problems with the tyre because the new asphalt makes a lot of graining; we’ll see if there are decisions from Dorna or Bridgestone tomorrow for the race. If we can make a good start we will try to get away at the beginning."

Rossi ready to give maximum in podium fight

Valentino Rossi enjoyed another successful qualifying session at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix, delivering his second consecutive front row start with third on the grid for Sunday’s race.
The Italian nine-time World Champion was the last rider to leave the pits at the start of the session, waiting to find some clear track. Rossi’s first laps with the soft tyre were enough to put him in fourth position, 0.817 from provisional pole.

He then returned to the pits with eight minutes remaining for a quick tyre change and was quickly back out with over six minutes left on the clock. Rossi then put the hammer down and dramatically picked up his pace to put in a 1’28.647 to move up a position and take third on the grid.

"Coming back to Phillip Island with the new surface is fantastic," the experienced  Italian enthused. "Especially with this weather and this temperature to be back on the M1 is a great pleasure. To be able to push 100% on the soft front tyre is a fantastic feeling. I’m so happy with this position, it's the second first row in a row."

"It looks like in the last races we have found a better solution for qualifying because at the beginning of the season I struggled a lot. I know the race is tomorrow and especially Marc (Marquez) and Jorge (Lorenzo) and Dani (Pedrosa) will be very hard to beat. I have to give the maximum, find a good setting and tyre and try to fight for the podium."

Race Day

MotoGP Race Classification 

Phillip Island, Sunday, October 20, 2013

12599Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha174.129'07.155
22026Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda173.46.936
31646Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha172.912.344
41335Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha172.912.46
51119Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda172.812.513
61038Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha171.328.263
7969Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati170.932.953
8829Andrea IANNONEITAEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati170.735.062
974Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati170.735.104
10614Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART170.437.426
11541Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART169.646.099
1245Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki169.448.149
13368Yonny HERNANDEZCOLIgnite Pramac RacingDucati169.249.911
1428Hector BARBERASPAAvintia BlusensFTR169.249.998
1519Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter168.458.718
1623Luca SCASSAITACardion AB MotoracingART168.458.791
1771Claudio CORTIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki167.6+1'08.105
1870Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART165.8+1'27.230
1952Lukas PESEKCZECame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter165.5+1'31.093
207Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensFTR162.51 Lap
2150Damian CUDLINAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM146.92 Laps


Pole Lap:Jorge LORENZO1'27.899182.1 Km/h
Fastest Lap:Lap: 13Marc MARQUEZ1'28.108181.7 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2013Marc MARQUEZ1'28.108181.7 Km/h
Best Lap:2013Jorge LORENZO1'27.899182.1 Km/h

Lorenzo wins in Australia, Marquez disqualified

Jorge Lorenzo has inflicted maximum damage on the day Marc Marquez could have clinched the MotoGP™ crown, as the current title holder clinched his 50th career race victory in a Tissot Australian Grand Prix including mandatory bike changes. Failing to acknowledge the pre-determined pit window, Marquez was shown the black flag.
Prior to the race, it was announced that the duration would decrease from 27 to 19 laps on the grounds of safety, with tyre degradation throughout practice having been significantly higher than expected on the newly-resurfaced Phillip Island circuit. Furthermore, all riders would be obliged to pit for bike changes on either the ninth or tenth laps of the race, while also running the harder available compound throughout.

A clean start saw no fallers, with Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) attacking Lorenzo at the Honda hairpin but the Yamaha Factory Racing man immediately retaking the top spot on the run into Siberia. The sensation would come with the mandatory pit window, with Marquez’s teammate Pedrosa first to peel off from third place at the end of Lap 9 and followed by numerous other riders.

Lorenzo would pit at the end of the tenth tour but, having expected a pit lane duel with Marquez, saw the 20-year-old rookie continue for another circulation of the circuit. Marquez then pitted at the end of Lap 11, outside the pre-determined pit-in window of Laps 9 and 10. In a remarkable twist for the 2013 World Championship battle, Marquez was disqualified as was Australian Bryan Staring (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) as the same error had been committed.

Having escaped a touch with Marquez as the latter rejoined from the pits, Lorenzo went on to claim win number six of the season; this also marked the first time since 2006 that a rider other than the now retired Casey Stoner had clinched victory at Phillip Island. Pedrosa finished second to maintain his own title aspirations, as Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi beat Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista in a thrilling contest for third, while light rain began to fall as proceedings drew to a close.

Bradley Smith was sixth for Tech3, having run as high as fourth thanks to a rapid start, while the top ten was rounded out by Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team), Andrea Iannone (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Randy de Puniet (Power Electronics Aspar) who ended a race as lead CRT for the first time this year. Danilo Petrucci finished 15th for Came IodaRacing Project, denying a first point for Luca Scassa as the Cardion AB Motoracing rider finished less than one tenth of a second behind.

The MotoGP™ fight now rages on to Motegi Twin Ring and the Grand Prix of Japan, with the championship lead having been decreased from 43 to 18 points. The season will then reach its climax in Valencia, Spain on 10th November.
MotoGP Phillip Island RAC
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Phillip Island RAC

Valentino Rossi Changing Bike

Jorge Lorenzo Changing Bike

Dani Pedrosa Changing Bike

Marc Marquez Changing Bike
Marc Marquez Changing Bike
Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team, Phillip Island RAC
Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Rossi, Repsol Honda Team, Yamaha Factory Racing, 

Moto2 Race Classification

12540Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex170.720'19.219
22012Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Paddock Moto2Suter170.6+0.591
31681Jordi TORRESSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter170.6+0.679
4133Simone CORSIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up170.6+0.893
51115Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up170.5+1.111
61077Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter170.3+3.073
7936Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex170.2+3.234
8880Esteve RABATSPATuenti HP 40Kalex170.2+3.655
9718Nicolas TEROLSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter169.3+10.182
10695Anthony WESTAUSQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up168.2+18.083


Pole Lap:Pol ESPARGARO1'32.530173.0 Km/h
Fastest Lap:Lap: 13Alex DE ANGELIS1'32.814172.5 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2013Alex DE ANGELIS1'32.814172.5 Km/h
Best Lap:2013Pol ESPARGARO1'32.530173.0 Km/h
Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP 40, Phillip Island RAC

Jordi Torres, Aspar Team Moto2, Phillip Island RAC

Thomas Luthi, Interwetten Paddock Moto2, Phillip Island RAC
Luthi, Espargaro, Torres, Interwetten Paddock Moto2, Tuenti HP 40, Aspar Team Moto2,

Moto3 Race Classification

12542Alex RINSSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0KTM162.937'40.375
22025Maverick VIÑALESSPATeam CalvoKTM162.90.003
31639Luis SALOMSPARed Bull KTM AjoKTM162.90.178
41312Alex MARQUEZSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0KTM162.80.502
5118Jack MILLERAUSCaretta Technology - RTGFTR Honda162.80.601
61094Jonas FOLGERGERMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM162.81.077
797Efren VAZQUEZSPAMahindra RacingMahindra162.81.104
8823Niccolò ANTONELLIITAGO&FUN Gresini Moto3FTR Honda162.72.267
9731Niklas AJOFINAvant TecnoKTM161.815.074
10610Alexis MASBOUFRAOngetta-RivacoldFTR Honda161.715.96


Pole Lap:Luis SALOM1'36.890165.2 Km/h
Fastest Lap:Lap: 8Alex MARQUEZ1'37.073164.9 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2013Alex MARQUEZ1'37.073164.9 Km/h
Best Lap:2013Maverick VIÑALES1'36.650165.6 Km/h
Alex Rins, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Phillip Island RAC

Moto3 RAC Photofinish - Rins, Viñales
Viñales, Rins, Salom, Team Calvo, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Red Bull KTM Ajo, 

Rossi: ‘Phillip Island race was thrilling

Valentino Rossi delivered another exciting performance at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix, fighting to take third place on the podium.
Following concerns over the safety of the Bridgestone tyres to last full race distance the race was changed to incorporate a bike change at the ten-lap mark, with the total laps reduced to 19.

Rossi enjoyed yet another intense race long battle with rivals Cal Crutchlow and Alvaro Bautista. The three swapped positions in the fight for the last podium spot throughout the first ten laps and again in the following nine.

Rossi completed a quick pit stop, beating both of those aforementioned rivals out to gain two positions. As one of the most successful MotoGP riders of the modern era in Phillip Island it was never going to be easy for them to beat him.

The Italian claimed third at the line to make it onto the podium for the sixth time in 2013, before stating, “At the end the result was good, I’m so happy to be on the podium here at Phillip Island because it’s always a great pleasure and a great atmosphere. I tried to give the maximum, the race was very thrilling and I enjoyed it very much, especially because with the team we were able to do a very good job in the pit and gain two positions.”

“I had a great battle with Cal, when I understood it was for the podium I tried to give the maximum. In the last half of the lap it started to rain which was very scary but at the end it was ok and a good result. We still need to work and improve to be faster for the next race.”

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27 October 2013