MotoGP in Australia

This will be the 31st Australian Grand Prix, which has been held every year since the first visit in 1989.

The first lap of the 500cc race at the Australian GP 1991.
The first lap of the 500cc race at the Australian GP 1991 at Eastern Creek – Image by Phil Aynsley

The first two Australian Grands Prix were held at Phillip Island before MotoGP visited the Eastern Creek circuit for six successive years, returning to Phillip Island in 1997, which has been its home since. This is the 25th time that the Grand Prix has taken place at Phillip Island.

Start of the 500cc race
1992 Australian GP – Image by Phil Aynsley

A total of 72 Grand Prix races for solo motorcycles have been held at Phillip Island since 1989 as follows: MotoGP —17, 500cc –7, Moto2 —9, 250cc –15, Moto3 —7 and 125cc –17.

Gardner led a race long battle
Gardner led a race long battle for victory at Phillip Island in 1989 – Image by Phil Aynsley

Since the introduction of the MotoGP class in 2002, Honda have had eight Grand Prix wins in the class at Phillip Island including three victories in 2015 with Marc Marquez, 2016 with Cal Crutchlow and and 2017 with Marquez once again.

Casey Stoner at Phillip Island 2007 - Image by AJRN
Casey Stoner at Phillip Island 2007 – Image by AJRN

Ducati have had four MotoGP wins at Phillip Island, all of them with Casey Stoner from 2007 to 2010.

Casey Stoner - Phillip Island 2010 - Image by AJRN
Casey Stoner – Phillip Island 2010 – Image by AJRN

Andrea Iannone’s third place finish back in 2015 and Andrea Dovizioso’s third place finish last year are the only podium finishes for Ducati at Phillip Island since Stoner’s win in 2010.

Casey Stoner Phillip Island 2009
Casey Stoner Phillip Island 2009 – AJRN Image

Yamaha have won the MotoGP race at Phillip Island on five occasions, three with Valentino Rossi, one with Jorge Lorenzo and one with Maverick Viñales, which was last year. In addition, both Yamaha Factory riders finished on the podium in 2017 in Australia, with Valentino Rossi in second followed by Maverick Viñales. Johann Zarco crossed the line in fourth making it to three Yamaha riders within the top five.

MotoGP Phillip Island MotoGP Podium GP AN
2018 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Results – Maverick Viñales (SPA) YAMAHA 40’51.081
Andrea Iannone (ITA) SUZUKI +1.543
Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) DUCATI +1.832

All three podium finishers in the MotoGP race at Phillip Island in 2014 were Yamaha riders, the last all-Yamaha podium in the class so far.

Phillip Island - Australian GP 2014 - Bradley Smith, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi on the podium
Phillip Island – Australian GP 2014 – Bradley Smith, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi on the podium

Suzuki have had three podium finishes at Phillip Island in the premier class. 2006 when Chris Vermeulen finished second, 2016 when Maverick Viñales finished third and last year when Andrea Iannone finished second.

Chris Vermeulen - Phillip Island - 2006
Chris Vermeulen – Phillip Island – 2006

The best result for an Aprilia rider in the MotoGP class at Phillip Island is a ninth-place finish with Aleix Espargaro last year. Jeremy McWilliams qualified on pole position in the premier class at Phillip Island in 2000, which is the last pole position for Aprilia to date in the class.

In 2017, Pol Espargaro crossed the line in ninth place at Phillip Island, which is the best result for KTM at this track in the premier class of Grand Prix racing. Espargaro qualified in sixth position, which was the best qualifying result for KTM in the class at the time, a record beaten subsequently at the Americas GP before both Espargaro and then-KTM rider Johann Zarco took front row starts this season.

Valentino Rossi - Phillip Island 2004
Valentino Rossi – Phillip Island 2004

Valentino Rossi is the rider with most GP wins at Phillip Island with eight (5 x MotoGP, 1 x 500cc, 2 x 250cc) followed by Casey Stoner with six, all in the MotoGP class from 2007 to 2012.

Casey Stoner - Phillip Island - 2012
Casey Stoner – Phillip Island – 2012

Three other riders have had three GP victories at Phillip Island: Marco Melandri (1 x MotoGP, 1 x 250cc, 1 x 125cc), Jorge Lorenzo (1 x MotoGP, 2 x 250cc) and Marc Marquez (2 x MotoGP, 1x 125cc).

Wayne Gardner celebrating his win
Wayne Gardner celebrating his win in 1989 – Image by Phil Aynsley

Home riders have taken 10 GP wins at Phillip Island: Casey Stoner (MotoGP from 2007 to 2012), Wayne Gardner (500cc in 1989 and 1990), Mick Doohan (500cc/1998) and Jack Miller (Moto3/2014).

Jack Miller – 2014 – Image by AJRN

The last Australian rider to finish on the podium at Phillip Island in any of the three classes is Jack Miller who won the Moto3 race in 2014.

Jack Miller - 2014
Jack Miller – 2014 – Image by AJRN

Marc Marquez has qualified on pole position for the last five years at Phillip Island, equalling Casey Stoner who did it between 2008 and 2012 at this track.

The nine Moto2 races that have taken place at Phillip Island have been won by seven different riders: Alex De Angelis (2010 and 2011), Pol Espargaro (2012 and 2013), Maverick Viñales (2014), Alex Rins (2015), Tom Lüthi (2016), Miguel Oliveira (2017) and Brad Binder (2018). 

The seven Moto3 races that have taken place at Phillip Island have been won by six different riders: Sandro Cortese (2012), Álex Rins (2013), Jack Miller (2014), Miguel Oliveira (2015), Brad Binder (2016), Joan Mir (2017) and Albert Arenas (2018).

Jack Miller leads at Phillip Island in 2014

The 14th place finisher in the Moto3 race in Phillip Island last year, John McPhee, crossed the line just 0.989 seconds behind race winner Albert Arenas; this is the closest top 14 of all-time in the lightweight class of Grand Prix racing beating the record set in 2017 at the Italian GP (1.524s).

MotoGP Phillip Island Moto Foggia GP AN
Moto3 at Phillip Island in 2018 was the closest top 14 of all time in the lightweight class, beating the record set in 2017 at the Italian GP – Image by AJRN

2019 MotoGP Championship Standings

 

PosRiderBikePoints
1Marc MARQUEZHonda350
2Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati231
3Alex RINSSuzuki176
4Maverick VIÑALESYamaha176
5Danilo PETRUCCIDucati169
6Fabio QUARTARAROYamaha163
7Valentino ROSSIYamaha145
8Jack MILLERDucati125
9Cal CRUTCHLOWHonda113
10Franco MORBIDELLIYamaha100
11Pol ESPARGAROKTM85
12Takaaki NAKAGAMIHonda74
13Joan MIRSuzuki66
14Aleix ESPARGAROAprilia47
15Francesco BAGNAIADucati37
16Miguel OLIVEIRAKTM33
17Andrea IANNONEAprilia33
18Johann ZARCOKTM27
19Jorge LORENZOHonda23
20Tito RABATDucati18
21Stefan BRADLHonda16
22Michele PIRRODucati9
23Sylvain GUINTOLISuzuki7
24Hafizh SYAHRINKTM7
25Karel ABRAHAMDucati5
26Mika KALLIOKTM2

2019 Australian GP Schedule (AEDT)

TimeClassSession
09:00Moto3FP1
09:55Moto2FP1
10:50MotoGPFP1
11:45SSP300Prac
12:15ASBKPrac
12:35Pit Lane Walk25 mins
13:15Moto3FP2
14:10Moto2FP2
15:05MotoGPFP2
15:55MotoGPTyre Test
16:25SSP300Qual
16:55ASBKQual
17:20Pit Lane Walk35 mins
17:30SSP300Race 1
TimeClassSession
09:00Moto3FP3
09:55 Moto2FP3
10:50MotoGPFP3
11:45ASBKRace 1
11:50VIP Pit Lane Walk35 mins
12:35Moto3Q1
13:00Moto3Q2
13:30Moto2Q1
13:55Moto2Q2
14:25MotoGPFP4
15:05MotoGPQ1
15:30MotoGPQ2
16:00SSP300 Race 2
16:00Pit Lane Walk 430 mins
16:15RAAF Roulettes Aerial Display 
16:35ASBKRace 2
17:00Qualifying Press Conference 

Schedule subject to change. (ASBK to be confirmed)

TimeClassSession
0850Moto3WUP
0920Moto2WUP
0950MotoGPFP4
1020MotoGPQ1
1045MotoGPQ2
1200Moto3Race
1320Moto2Race
1500MotoGPRace
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