Saturday, October 26, 2013

Motogp Round 17

AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Japanese national bird - Green Pheasant

AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan


Motegi

Circuit info

           Motegi Circuit 

Circuit info

Length: 4.801 m / 2.983 miles

Width: 15m

Left corners: 6

Right corners: 8

Longest straight: 762 m / 0.473 miles

Constructed: 1997

Modified: 1997

Race Length:         MotoGP    Moto2    Moto3
Laps        2/3 of laps               Total Distance
24              -                       115.2 km - 71.6 miles


Introduction:

Located amongst the vast natural beauty of the northern Kanto district, the twin ring circuit at Motegi in Japan consists of a 1.5 mile oval and a 2.9 mile road course constructed to international standards. Built by Honda as the ultimate test facility in August 1997, the road circuit became home to MotoGP in 2000 whilst the oval is designed to introduce American motorsports culture to the country.

Twin Ring Motegi is a major attraction for motorsports fans all year round as it is the venue for the Honda Collection Hall, a museum which houses an illustrious collection of motorcycle, car and racing machines from throughout the ages. The complex also includes a safety and riding school, dirt track, go-karts, hotel, restaurant, shops and event halls and currently employs some 300 staff.


MotoGP Race Classification 2012

Motegi, Sunday, October 14, 2012


Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12526Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda162.642'31.569
22099Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha162.34.275
31619Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda162.16.752
4134Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha161.516.397
5111Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda161.320.566
6106Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda16124.567
7946Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati160.926.072
8869Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati160.336.724
9721Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha YSP Racing TeamYamaha160.336.794
1068Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati158.2+1'10.729
11517Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati157.9+1'15.658
12441Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART157.5+1'22.769
1335Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter157.3+1'24.968
14277James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART157.1+1'29.388
15151Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR156.8+1'34.612
1684Roberto ROLFOITASpeed MasterART155.8+1'50.853


MotoGP Qualifying Classification 2013

Motegi, Saturday, October 26, 2013


Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
199Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha293.81'53.471
293Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda301.51'54.1290.658 / 0.658
369Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati293.71'54.5391.068 / 0.410
426Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda300.81'54.5421.071 / 0.003
546Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha295.81'54.7321.261 / 0.190
64Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati295.81'55.0361.565 / 0.304
719Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda299.61'55.1351.664 / 0.099
86Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda2991'55.6102.139 / 0.475
941Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART288.71'55.7192.248 / 0.109
1068Yonny HERNANDEZCOLIgnite Pramac RacingDucati294.21'55.9982.527 / 0.279
1135Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha293.71'56.0582.587 / 0.060
1221Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha YSP Racing TeamYamaha2941'56.1252.654 / 0.067
1338Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha289.31'57.1143.643 / 0.989
145Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki284.21'57.2973.826 / 0.183
1529Andrea IANNONEITAEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati288.91'57.3473.876 / 0.050
169Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter281.81'57.5404.069 / 0.193
1714Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART281.71'57.7154.244 / 0.175
187Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensFTR287.61'57.9944.523 / 0.279
1970Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART283.71'58.5405.069 / 0.546
2023Luca SCASSAITACardion AB MotoracingART281.91'58.8025.331 / 0.262
2171Claudio CORTIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki282.31'59.6176.146 / 0.815
228Hector BARBERASPAAvintia BlusensFTR284.41'59.6466.175 / 0.029
2350Damian CUDLINAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM280.52'00.9827.511 / 1.336
67Bryan STARINGAUSGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda274.92'02.7129.241 / 1.730
52Lukas PESEKCZECame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter277.92'02.9329.461 / 0.220
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Motegi

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Motegi 


Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team, Motegi QP 1
Marquez, Lorenzo, Hayden, Repsol Honda Team, Yamaha Factory Racing, Ducati Team,

Moto2 Qualifying Classification 2013


Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
136Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex253.62'01.248
219Xavier SIMEONBELMaptaq SAG Zelos TeamKalex245.62'01.4520.204 / 0.204
35Johann ZARCOFRACame Iodaracing ProjectSuter247.82'01.4840.236 / 0.032
43Simone CORSIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up2492'01.5010.253 / 0.017
597Rafid Topan SUCIPTOINAQMMF Racing TeamSpeed Up246.72'01.7330.485 / 0.232
680Esteve RABATSPATuenti HP 40Kalex251.92'02.1030.855 / 0.370
740Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex250.72'02.1660.918 / 0.063
877Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter246.22'02.1690.921 / 0.003
952Danny KENTGBRTech 3Tech 3248.52'02.2551.007 / 0.086
1054Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up247.12'02.4051.157 / 0.150
Mika Kallio, Marc VDS Racing Team,

Moto2 Motegi QP

Moto2 Motegi QP

Moto3 Qualifying Classification 2013


Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
142Alex RINSSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0KTM209.32'09.387
225Maverick VIÑALESSPATeam CalvoKTM209.22'10.3100.923 / 0.923
312Alex MARQUEZSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0KTM212.82'10.3130.926 / 0.003
439Luis SALOMSPARed Bull KTM AjoKTM212.82'10.6561.269 / 0.343
58Jack MILLERAUSCaretta Technology - RTGFTR Honda209.12'10.6711.284 / 0.015
632Isaac VIÑALESSPAOngetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda205.72'10.8811.494 / 0.210
723Niccolò ANTONELLIITAGO&FUN Gresini Moto3FTR Honda206.52'11.0111.624 / 0.130
891Hiroki ONOJPNHonda Team AsiaHonda210.12'11.0571.670 / 0.046
994Jonas FOLGERGERMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM210.42'11.2231.836 / 0.166
1033Sena YAMADAJPNTeam Plus One & EnduranceHonda203.12'11.5182.131 / 0.295

Alex Rins, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Motegi QP

Moto3 Motegi QP

Moto3 Motegi QP

Motogp News


Lorenzo masters wet Motegi for crucial pole


Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered a great performance in an extended Motegi qualifying session to take pole position for Sunday’s race.
Following Friday’s cancellation of practice sessions due to weather conditions at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan, the premier class riders were given a special 75-minute qualifying heat on Saturday afternoon.

Defending World Champion Lorenzo made full use of the extended session, getting straight out onto the wet circuit to start working on his race set up. Having initially swapped top spot with rival Marc Marquez early in the session he then dropped down the timesheets.

After some work on set-up he was back, rising quickly to second after a third of the time had gone, 0.1s from Marquez on top. The P1 position continued to change hands until with 15 minutes to go, when Lorenzo put the hammer down and delivered a perfect 1’53.965 lap to go over half a second clear.

Whilst his rivals were able to improve, so was he, dropping even further to a 1’53.471 in the final seconds to secure pole 0.65s ahead of Marquez.

“I’m really happy,” reflected Lorenzo. “It was not so simple because my last memory of the rain was Assen. At the beginning I was a little bit scared and didn't want to crash. We were lucky to have the extended qualifying time to get used to the track. Little by little I got confidence and finally I felt really good with the bike and the grip of the track, especially under braking. It doesn't matter if it’s wet or dry tomorrow, it’s not my problem to think about it, I have to ride in whatever conditions we have. A wet race would be better for the championship though!”

His teammate Valentino Rossi was also looking comfortable around the Motegi circuit. The nine-time World Champion was one of the few who climbed to the top of the timesheets early in the session with a 1’59.304. He continued to be a key protagonist, regularly swapping positions in the top four places with his rivals.

With 30 minutes remaining Rossi had taken provisional second on the grid, just 0.12s from Pedrosa on pole. The last minutes as usual saw a flurry of activity as his teammate took a stunning pole position. Rossi eventually took fifth place at the end of the session with a 1’54.732 second lap.

The Italian later stated, “The result is not so bad, I hoped to arrive on the front row, I’m not so far but I am behind. I was in a better shape when it was full wet and felt better with the bike. When there was less water on the track and some places were quite dry I was able to improve my time a little but not enough for the front row. Tomorrow will be a surprise because if it is dry we will have to make the best set up in the morning warm up and try to arrive competitively for the race.”


Ben Spies announces retirement from racing

Ducati and Ben Spies have announced that the American is to retire from racing competition. The Ignite Pramac Racing rider has competed in only two MotoGP™ races so far this season in a year heavily affected by injuries.
Ducati Motor Holding and Ben Spies announced today that the American will not be racing in 2014 after the parties reached agreement to resolve Ben’s current contract with the Italian racing manufacturer,’ reads a Saturday statement.

‘The 29-year-old Texan had signed a two-year agreement with Ducati at the end of last season to race in MotoGP™ in 2013 and 2014 as part of the factory-supported Ignite Pramac Racing Team.’

Having injured his right shoulder while competing with Yamaha Factory Racing in the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix, Spies required further rehabilitation this year and suffered a further setback when he crashed in free practice at Indianapolis.

‘The resulting operations on both shoulders have left Spies feeling that his physical ability to ride next year remains in question and a decision was jointly made by Ducati and Ben to release Ben from any requirement to race in 2014,’ the statement adds.

Ben Spies


Ben Spies:


“I had such high hopes for racing for Ducati and Ducati has been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging year, so I am tremendously disappointed that I have not been able to fulfill my personal goals and team goals with Ducati. I want to thank everyone from racing organizations, factories, teams and all my fans for helping me and supporting me throughout my career. I never dreamed that I would reach the level of success that I have over the past 20 years of racing, but the time has come to stop and I do so with great sadness.”

Mary Spies, mother and manager to Ben:


“Wherever Ben has raced over the years - from AMA Superbike to World Superbike to MotoGP™ - he has always felt the warmth and appreciation of the organizers, circuits, teams and fans. We are so grateful to them for their support.”

Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati MotoGP Project Director:


“We had high expectations when Ben joined Ducati in MotoGP™ this year and we really hoped that he would fully recover from his Indianapolis crash injuries and continue to race for us in the future However, we understand the reasons for his decision and respect them. It is really a shame for our sport that Ben will not be racing anymore because in our opinion he is one of the most talented riders in the world. We will miss him and wish him all the best for his future life.”


Hayden on front row for penultimate Ducati race

Former MotoGP™ World Champion Nicky Hayden showed his quality with a strong performance in the 75 minute qualifying practice at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan on Saturday.
The American rider secured first front row start for over a year and in his usual affable manner was quick to thank his team and fans, having qualified third.

Hayden adapted well to the unusual conditions, riding smoothly on a wet track which dried slightly towards the end of a specially rescheduled 75 minute QP. The riders went straight into qualifying having seen all free practices cancelled due to weather conditions at Motegi.

The 2006 MotoGP™ title winner occupied the provisional pole spot earlier in the session and his best time of 1’54.539 was enough to eventually take third, with pole man Jorge Lorenzo and championship leader Marc Marquez the only riders to outpace him.

It is Hayden’s best qualifying result since the Jerez 2012 round and gives him a shot at a good race result in his penultimate appearance on the Ducati - before moving to Power Electronics Aspar to ride a Honda again in 2014.

On his QP fortunes he stated, "It was better for me than usual as I was able to get on the front row. I’m a little bitter not to get pole as it looked like I could for a while, but I knew that these guys (Lorenzo and Marquez) would bring something extra and they did. As the track dried out I did not really improve. In the wet we don’t have the same problems we have in the dry, the turning, the chatter, the wheelies they disappear and our bike works really well in the wet."

The 32 year-old added, "Anyway, it’s a front row so we need to enjoy it, we need to take advantage of that and have a good race. Thanks to my team for working as hard as ever in a very difficult moment for all of us, with many changes. Thanks also to the Japanese fans who have endured a hard weekend so far, we want to put on a good show for them on Sunday."


Race Day

Motegi, Sunday, October 27, 2013

MotoGP Motegi RAC
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team, Motegi RAC
  
MotoGP Motegi RAC

MotoGP Motegi RAC

Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team, Motegi RAC

Stefan Bradl, LCR Honda MotoGP, Motegi FP
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Motegi RAC

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Motegi RAC

MotoGP Race Classification


Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12599Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha162.342'34.291
22093Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda162.13.188
31626Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda162.14.592
41319Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda161.119.755
5116Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda160.922.81
61046Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha160.824.637
7935Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha160.627.496
8838Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha160.430.969
9769Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati16037.01
1064Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati159.742.944
11521Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha YSP Racing TeamYamaha15953.345
1245Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki158.4+1'03.213
13314Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART158.2+1'06.840
14229Andrea IANNONEITAEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati158.1+1'08.218
15168Yonny HERNANDEZCOLIgnite Pramac RacingDucati157.5+1'18.240
168Hector BARBERASPAAvintia BlusensFTR157.5+1'19.108
177Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensFTR157.3+1'21.174
189Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter156.8+1'30.546
1970Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART153.7+2'23.358
2071Claudio CORTIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki154.41 Lap
2150Damian CUDLINAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM153.41 Lap
2267Bryan STARINGAUSGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda153.21 Lap

Records


Pole Lap:Jorge LORENZO1'53.471152.3 Km/h
Fastest Lap:Lap: 16Jorge LORENZO1'45.736163.4 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2012Dani PEDROSA1'45.589163.6 Km/h
Best Lap:2012Jorge LORENZO1'44.969164.6 Km/h

Moto2 Race Classification 


Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12540Pol ESPARGAROSPATuenti HP 40Kalex152.928'15.162
22036Mika KALLIOFINMarc VDS Racing TeamKalex152.81.344
31612Thomas LUTHISWIInterwetten Paddock Moto2Suter152.63.379
41319Xavier SIMEONBELMaptaq SAG Zelos TeamKalex152.18.42
51160Julian SIMONSPAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex15210.315
61018Nicolas TEROLSPAAspar Team Moto2Suter151.911.364
7915Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingSpeed Up151.712.718
8877Dominique AEGERTERSWITechnomag carXpertSuter151.515.609
9730Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex151.218.414
10654Mattia PASINIITANGM Mobile RacingSpeed Up15120.679

Records


Pole Lap:Mika KALLIO2'01.248142.5 Km/h
Fastest Lap:Lap: 9Pol ESPARGARO1'52.028154.2 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2012Pol ESPARGARO1'51.100155.5 Km/h
Best Lap:2012Pol ESPARGARO1'50.886155.8 Km/h

Moto2 Motegi RAC1
Pol Espargaro,

Mika Kallio, Marc VDS Racing Team, Motegi 
2013 Moto2 World Champion Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP 40, Motegi RAC2
2013 Moto2 World Champion Pol Espargaro, Tuenti HP 40, Motegi RAC2

Moto3 Race Classification


Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12512Alex MARQUEZSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0KTM144.839'45.953
22025Maverick VIÑALESSPATeam CalvoKTM144.80.027
31694Jonas FOLGERGERMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM144.47.75
41344Miguel OLIVEIRAPORMahindra RacingMahindra143.915.889
5115Romano FENATIITASan Carlo Team ItaliaFTR Honda143.718.323
6108Jack MILLERAUSCaretta Technology - RTGFTR Honda143.718.432
7917John MCPHEEGBRCaretta Technology - RTGFTR Honda143.718.439
8831Niklas AJOFINAvant TecnoKTM143.325.608
9723Niccolò ANTONELLIITAGO&FUN Gresini Moto3FTR Honda143.325.95
10641Brad BINDERRSAAmbrogio RacingMahindra142.932.933


Records


Pole Lap:Alex RINS2'09.387133.5 Km/h
Fastest Lap:Lap: 11Alex MARQUEZ1'58.380146.0 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap:2013Alex MARQUEZ1'58.380146.0 Km/h
Best Lap:2012Danny KENT1'58.371146.0 Km/h




Moto3 Motegi RAC

Moto3 Motegi RAC

Alex Marquez, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Motegi FP
Jonas Folger, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2, Motegi FP

Maverick Viñales, Team Calvo, Motegi FP

Viñales, Marquez, Folger, Team Calvo, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Mapfre Aspar Team


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AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan2

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Lorenzo delighted to take title fight to final round

Reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Jorge Lorenzo delivered a vintage performance at Motegi on Sunday, to ensure he did not relinquish his premier class title at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan.
Riding impeccably from pole position the Majorcan rider led the race from start to finish over the 24 lap contest, eventually crossing the finishing line 3.188s ahead of Marc Marquez - to take the title fight to Valencia.
Afterwards he enthused, “Looking at the race classification all the top five after me were Honda riders and normally this track is better for them. So winning at Honda’s home track with Yamaha’s 200th victory in the MotoGP class, when we also took a risk with the soft tyre, was a pleasure. It was a hard race physically but I kept my concentration and I really wanted this victory.”
The Yamaha Factory Racing rider and his crew made a last minute switch to an extra soft tyre option shortly before the race and the gamble paid off.
Lorenzo explained, “We made the decision late on because just before the race the temperature was 10 degrees warmer than in morning practice and I felt better on the softer tyres. I think it was the right choice for me on the Yamaha but maybe for the Hondas they were better on a different tyre.”
Lorenzo’s 51st career victory means the gap between him and Marquez is reduced to 13 points in the standings with just one race remaining. 
Looking forward to the season finale in two weeks time Lorenzo knows he will still be in the hunt at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana. 
“When you look at the Moto3 and Moto2 races today you never know what can happen,” said the 26 year-old. “Until we finish racing we know the championship is not over. I’m not the leading rider so it’s not all up to me, so let’s see how our strategy is at Valencia. I am the rider with the most victories in 2013 and that’s very important.”
Lorenzo’s stunning victory in Japan was his seventh in 2013 and marks the 111th time he has stood on the podium in Grand Prix racing. Meanwhile, Marquez has six wins to his name this year.


Bautista equals best result of 2013

Alvaro Bautista matched his best finish of the season so far by coming home fourth in Sunday’s AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan, equaling his results of Laguna Seca and MotorLand Aragón

Bautista started seventh on the grid at Twin Ring Motegi, slipstreaming his way past LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl for fourth position as Lap 8 commenced.

“After such a strange weekend with everything that has happened and the two crashes – one yesterday and one this morning – the race was more than positive,” the Spaniard commented on Sunday afternoon. “I felt comfortable with the bike this morning but the crash definitely didn't help and the start wasn't perfect either.

“I hadn't done a single lap with the front tyre, so I wasn't sure how it would feel or how hard I could push it. but I built my rhythm up, made some passes and picked up a solid fourth place that could perhaps have been something more if we'd had a better start. Anyway, it is a good finish to a chaotic weekend and that is the most important thing.

“We have consolidated sixth place in the championship and now we need to keep working to take the next step with Showa, Nissin and Honda. We owe it to everybody that supports us, but especially GO&FUN.”

With just a single event remaining in the campaign, Bautista’s advantage over Bradl – who missed the previous two races through injury – is 14 World Championship points as the duo continue to fight it out for sixth place in the riders’ standings.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

















Saturday, October 19, 2013

Motogp Round 16

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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


Introduction:

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

AIRASIA AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Phillip Island, Sunday, October 28, 2012


Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
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



Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
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

Records


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


Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
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

Records


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


Pos.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
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

Records


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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