Australian MotoGP 1989, Phillip Island
Through the lens of Phil Aynsley

This was my, and I suspect most Aussie’s, first experience of what a Grand Prix was like. And gee it was good! 

Randy Mamola
Randy Mamola

Randy Mamola at his crowd pleasing best on the Cagiva C589.

Wayne Garner down in practice
Wayne Garner down in practice

Wayne Garner is less than impressed after Michael Rudroff collects him during practice.

Freddie Spencer
Freddie Spencer
Freddie Spencer
Freddie Spencer

Freddie Spencer on his Yamaha YZR500.

Haslam and Schwantz
Haslam and Schwantz

Pepsi Suzuki team mates Ron Haslam and Kevin Schwantz.

Schwantz on the Suzuki
Schwantz on the Suzuki
Schwantz on the Suzuki
Schwantz on the Suzuki

Kevin Schwantz on the Suzuki RGV500.

Ron Haslam
Ron Haslam

Ron Haslam and the Suzuki RGV500.

Niall Mackenzie
Niall Mackenzie
Niall Mackenzie
Niall Mackenzie

Niall Mackenzie and the Yamaha YZR500.

Randy Mamola
Randy Mamola
Randy Mamola
Randy Mamola
Randy Mamola
Randy Mamola

Randy Mamola on the Cagiva C589 machine.

Wayne Rainey
Wayne Rainey
Wayne Rainey
Wayne Rainey

Wayne Rainey on his Yamaha YZR500.

Marco Gentile
Marco Gentile

Marco Gentile on the Fior C89.

Bubba Shobert
Bubba Shobert

Bubba Shobert and the Honda NSR500.

Wayne Gardner
Wayne Gardner

Wayne Gardner representing Australia on the Honda NSR500.

Kevin Magee
Kevin Magee

Fellow Aussie Kevin Magee was another crowd favourite on the Yamaha YZR500.

Good odds for Gardner
Good odds for Gardner

The crowd clearly favours Gardner over Lawson.

Gardner led a race long battle
Gardner led a race long battle
Magee was also in the mix throughout
Magee was also in the mix throughout

The race-long battle between Gardner, Rainey, Sarron and Magee. They finished in that order.

Niall Mackenzie
Niall Mackenzie

Niall Mackenzie crashes out.

Christian Sarron
Christian Sarron

Christian Sarron and his Yamaha YZR500.

Kevin Magee
Kevin Magee

Kevin Magee on the Yamaha YZR500, he would finish fourth.

Wayne Gardner celebrating his win
Wayne Gardner celebrating his win

Wayne Gardner and the Honda NSR500. Quite possibly the first time a flag carrying victory lap was seen in a 500cc GP.