In 2004 I was able to cover the Australian MotoGP from the perspective of being “embedded” within the Ducati team. Here are some of the images, from both behind the scenes and out on track. They begin with the team setting up on the Thursday and finish with the post race press conference.
As the penultimate round and home ground for Australian rider Troy Bayliss, the round was an important one with Loris Capirossi to end the season ninth overall in the standings as top Ducati, while Troy Bayliss would be 14th, having retired from as many races as he finished.
2004 Australian MotoGP
Valentino Rossi – Yamaha
Sete Gibernau – Honda +0.097s
Loris Capirossi – Ducati +10.486s
Colin Edwards – Honda +10.817s
Alex Barros – Honda +10.851s
Nicky Hayden – Honda +12.210s
Max Biaggi – Honda +12.847s
Makoto Tamada – Honda +12.9865s
Troy Bayliss – Ducati +18.607s
Carlos Checa – Yamaha +21.245s
Ruben Xaus – Ducati +23.173s
Shinya Nakano – Kawasaki +25.718s
Alex Hofmann – Kawasaki +35.137s
Jeremy McWilliams – Aprilia +45.155s
John Hopkins – Suzuki +45.197s
Gregorio Lavilla – Suzuki +52.205s
Norick Abe – Yamaha +52.665s
Neil Hodgson – Ducati +71.394s
Nobuatsu Aoki – Proton KR +1 lap
James Hayden – Proton KR +1 lap
Youichi Ui – Harris WCM +1 lap
James Ellison – HARRC WSM +3 laps
DNF. Marco Melandri – Yamaha
DNF. Garry McCoy – Aprilia
Phil Aynsley sadly passed away in 2023 after a life spent travelling the world photographing many of the rarest and most beautiful motorcycles ever made. We are proud to continue showcasing his catalogue of work on MCNews.com.au.
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