Australian Grand Prix
Race Ended
Phillip Island - 28th October
Fastest Lap - M.Vinales 1:29.632
Rider Team Time FLs
2 1
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 40:51.081 3 25
4 2
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +1.543 1 20
9 3
Ducati Team +1.832 2 16
12 4
Ducati Team +4.072 1 13
5 5
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +5.017 0 11
7 6
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +5.132 0 10
6 7
Alma Pramac Racing +6.756 0 9
15 8
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +21.805 0 8
19 9
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +22.904 0 7
16 10
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +22.940 0 6
13 11
Angel Nieto Team +34.386 0 5
8 12
Alma Pramac Racing +35.025 1 4
22 13
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +36.348 0 3
14 14
LCR Honda +36.389 0 2
17 15
Reale Avintia Racing +44.214 0 1
20 16
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +48.226 0 0
21 17
Reale Avintia Racing +64.965 0 0
23 18
Angel Nieto Team +79.817 0 0
11 -
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Retired 0 0
10 -
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Crashed Out 0 0
1 -
Repsol Honda Team Retired 3 0
18 -
Repsol Honda Team Crashed Out 0 0
3 -
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Crashed Out 1 0
Live Commentary
Summary: A victory at last after 25 races for Yamaha. Their last win came at the 2017 Dutch GP when they got what the 'Doctor' ordered. This time though, it has come in the form of Maverick Vinales. The race started in normal fashion with Marquez leading but then Yamaha strut its stuff. Vinales kept piling on the pressure on the ones before him and eventually, managed to get on top. Once there, he did not allow that position to slip and kept building on the advantage, literally cruising for more than half of this race.

Well, Dovizioso and Marquez did not enjoy a great weekend in particular but you never know - if the latter's bike had not come in contact with Zarco, we might have had a different finish. Ducati still managed to make it 3-4 in Dovizioso and Bautista.

Quite a few crashes in this race, with as many as 5 riders failing to complete. Zarco, Marquez, Pedrosa, Syahrin and Pol Espargaro being the ones.

This is how the drivers' standings looks like:

1. Marc Marquez (296)

2. Andrea Dovizioso (210)

3. Valentino Rossi (195)

4. Maverick Vinales (180)

5. Cal Crutchlow (148)

That is all we have from the Australian round of MotoGP. Next stop, which will be the penultimate one, is Malaysia. Raceday is next Sunday - November 4, 2018 at 3 pm local (0700 GMT). It is not a battle for points anymore, but pride. When that happens, it becomes even more exciting to watch. See ya in Malaysia then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Lap 27: Final lap then! Vinales enters lap 27 with a 1.81 second advantage over Iannone. He manages to go through and MAVERICK VINALES IS THE 2018 AUSTRALIAN GP CHAMPION! Iannone comes second while Dovizioso manages to hold on to the podium spot.
Lap 26: 2 laps to go. Iannone is really pushing hard. He has reduced the gap by a whole second after that previous lap, with the current reading standing under 2 seconds. But then, even that might be too much...
Lap 25: Somewhere down the order, Pol Espargaro has retired into the pits. Meanwhile, the current lap records a 1:30.9 for Vinales while Iannone pumps in a 1:29.9. Does he enough time to get a look at the Yamaha rider?
Lap 24: 4 laps to go. Surely this race is Yamaha's to lose? Vinales is a good 3.16 seconds ahead of Iannone. But then, you never know. Just to refresh your memories, jut have a peek at what happened in Japan to Dovizioso...
Lap 23: Excellent racing from Iannone! He has upped the ante and zoomed to second spot, going past Bautista and Dovizioso in two Turns!
Lap 22: Rins moves into the top 5, displacing Rossi. So it is Yamaha at the top, followed by a pair of Ducatis, then a pair of Suzukis.
Lap 21: With 6 laps to go, this is how the order stands - 1. Vinales 2. Dovizioso (+3.91) 3. Bautista (+4.06) 4. Iannone (+4.25) 5. Rossi (4.44)
Lap 20: Another crash is reported - this being Hafizh Syahrin from the Monster Yamaha Tech 3.
Lap 19: And now, Rossi loses his second spot again, dropping down to 5th. The order which formally was at the start of the previous lap, is restored.
Lap 18: Rossi gets back to second place with a classic pass at Turn 10. Told ya, that spot keeps on changing, it is so close.
Lap 17: Vinales is miles ahead but this is a good little race going on for positions 2-6. They are within a second of each other.
Lap 16: Bautista is currently placed third. Remember, he is making his debut for Ducati.
Lap 15: Neither of Marc Marquez or Adnrea Dovizoso were dominating on Friday or Saturday but while the former is out, the latter is still in with a good chance of winning the Australian GP. 3.6 seconds behind but he has got 12 laps to try and reduce that.
Lap 14: It has been a frenetic change in pace. Just as we were focusing on the different types of mammals, there has been a change in the race order. Rossi has dropped down to 5th while Dovizioso, Bautista and Iannone fill spots 2-4.
Lap 13: We are witnessing sheep, kangaroo and purple swamphen keeping a keen view on the proceedings. Nice to see different species of mammals witnessing a MotoGP event. Globally popular it is...
Lap 12: Meanwhile, Iannone has run wide at Turn 4 and that allows Rossi to regain his second place. But he is nearly 2 seconds behind his teammate.
Lap 11: Another crash. This time, it is Dani Pedrosa, at Turn 4. Both the Repsol Honda bikes are out of this race.
Lap 10: Iannone has gone past Rossi for the second spot and is now having Vinales firmly in his sights. At the end of 10 laps, this is how the classification stands - 1. Vinales 2. Iannone (+1.58) 3. Rossi (+1.81) 4. Bautista (+1.99) 5. Dovizioso (+2.11)
Lap 9: Go Yamaha! No, that was not a partiality sign but just the way that team has been superior over the weekend. A few laps ago, it was mentioned that Rossi has not had a good start. However, his bike is now showing its true colour, with the former champion moving up to second, making it a 1-2 Yamaha. Iannone, another rider who enjoyed a good session of qualifying, is in third spot.
Lap 8: It is official - MARC MARQUEZ HAS BEEN RULED OUT OF THE RACE. Meanwhile, away from our sights, Vinales has gone past Dovizioso to claim the number 1 spot.
Lap 7: Zarco has crashed out of the race! Dear me, that was a horrible, horrible sight to behold. The Yamaha rider tried to go into the inside of Marquez at Turn 1 but his front tyre hit the rear tyre of the championship leader. He just tumbles across onto the gravel but thankfully, he is safe. Meanwhile, Marquez is in the pits due to that contact. Will he be able to win even from here?
Lap 6: We have a new race leader! Marquez commits a mistake at Turn 4, running wide and slips from 1st to 3rd position! Dovizioso is now in control of the race.
Lap 5: Most of the riders are on the hard rear tyre and a medium front tyre. In the top 5, only Zarco has gone in with a soft rear tyre.
Lap 4: Not quite a good start for Valentino Rossi. He was 7th on the starting grid but while Dovizioso has gone past a train of bikes, the former champion has only managed to improve by one position.
Lap 3: Guess who has come to number 2. Just guess. This bloke finished qualifying in 9th place. And now, we are back to the most talked about battle this year - Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso. Currently 0.37 seconds apart.
Lap 2: Not for long, not for long. It was Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi! chant in the stands but that has barely lasted as Marquez has regained his number 1 spot!
Lap 1: The 5 green lights get switched on and the 27-lap Australian GP is underway! Plenty of drama in the first lap itself! Danillo Petrucci moves into top position after starting 8th but then runs wide! Then local lad, Jack Miller grabs that spot!
Preview: The warm-up lap is under progress now. Time for the Australian national anthem. Not a cloud in the sky with a warm day welcoming us. Hopefully, there will be no rain on the radar. Hello and a warm welcome to Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGP championship. With Marc Marquez sealing the deal in the previous race, there is perhaps not much to play in terms of points with 3 races to go, but when it comes to pride, there is always plenty to play for. Marquez comes into Race day with his 5th pole position in a row and he has Vinales and Zarco for company behind him. Rossi in 7th and Dovizioso in 9th are the other news.
Temp: 13°C
Forecast: Sunny
Track: Dry

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