Valentino Rossi wins P.I. MotoGP war of attrition – Jack Miller wins amazing Moto3 race
The MotoGP race at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix saw Valentino Rossi take his second win of 2014, with Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith also on the podium. Marc Marquez crashed out of an incident packed race whilst leading and Dani Pedrosa was forced to retire after being clipped by Iannone.
Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) started from eighth on the grid in his 250th appearance in the premier class and was there to take advantage as Marquez crashed out of the race lead with 10 laps to go.
It is Rossi’s 108th career win and his 82nd in the top class of Grand Prix racing. The result is also the first all Yamaha podium since Le Mans 2008.
His teammate Lorenzo took second place even though his pace faded towards the end, with Cal Crutchlow crashing out ahead of him when in second on the last lap. Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Smith got his first MotoGP podium as nine riders either crashed or failed to finish, many of them frontrunners in the race.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) crossed the line fourth, with Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) as high as fifth. In his 200th Grand Prix race Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) was sixth and his teammate Scott Redding seventh.
Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive M7 Aspar), Alex de Angelis (NGM Forward Racing) and Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) completed the top ten.
With the pressure off and the MotoGP™ title retained last weekend in Japan, Marquez had fired away at the front looking for a 12th win of the year and attempting to equal Mick Doohan’s record from 1997 for most premier-class GP wins in a single season. But Marquez’s race ended as he lost the front end coming out of Lukey Heights when he led by four seconds.
Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) was an early faller. Also early on Iannone (Pramac Racing) came into contact with the rear of Pedrosa’s bike, ending his race. The contact resulted in Pedrosa entering the pits due to bike damage.
Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) clashed with the rear of Aleix Espargaro’s bike, causing the German to fall unhurt. Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) was forced to stop off several corners later due to the damage to his bike. Broc Parks (Paul Bird Motorsport) entered the pits and retired at mid race distance.
Late on Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) lost the front at turn four while rapidly gaining on Lorenzo, attempting to claim his first MotoGP podium. With just half a lap to go Crutchlow (Ducati Team) fell from an almost guaranteed second place.
After the race Bradl was given one penalty point by Race Direction for his collision with Aleix Espargaro at Turn 4. Smith also receives a penalty point for overtaking under yellow flags in the wake of the Marquez incident. The collision between Iannone and Pedrosa will be reviewed by Race Direction in Sepang as Iannone is still undergoing treatment after his crash.
The Moto2 race at Phillip Island saw an intriguing battle at the front won by Maverick Viñales, with Tom Luthi and Tito Rabat also on the podium. The championship fight goes on to Sepang with Mika Kallio finishing fourth to deny Rabat the title for now.
It was another brilliant performance from Viñales who took his third win of an excellent rookie season in the intermediate class.
Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) took the holeshot from pole but an early mistake saw him drop to seventh with a group of five involving Rabat, Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), Luthi (Interwetten Sitag), Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) and Sam Lowes (Speed Up) emerging at the front.
Viñales managed the final stages of the race better than his rivals, crossing the line 1.329s ahead of Luthi, with Rabat 0.175s further back. With Kallio in fourth place, Rabat’s advantage at the head of the standings is 41 points with two races to go.
Lowes eventually crossed the line fifth, less than two seconds off the podium, with Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) over eight seconds behind the Englishman in sixth.
Marcel Schrotter (Tech 3), Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert) , Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2) completed the top ten.
Mattia Pasini (NGM Forward Racing) fell after setting an early fastest lap, the Italian able to rejoin but eventually pitting. Thitpong Warokorn (APH PTT The Pizza GP) fell soon after but was unable to rejoin. Warokorn’s fellow Thai rider, Ratthapark Wilairot (AirAsia-Caterham) crashed out with 12 laps to go.
Johann Zarco (AirAsia-Caterham) fell several laps later, but was unhurt.
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miller rode brilliantly from eighth on the grid to cross the line 0.029s ahead of championship rival Marquez, with Rins just 0.003s behind his Estrella Galicia 0,0 colleague in third. With the victory Miller reduced the standings deficit to 20 points with two races to come at Sepang and Valencia.
The Australian fans were treated to another tense Moto3 contest with Miller, Marquez and Rins running in a large front group of nine and with the race lead changing constantly throughout the 23-lap battle.
Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG) was part of that front group and he was unlucky to miss the podium, finishing just 0.012s behind Rins.
John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG) was less than a tenth of a second behind Vazquez in fifth, with Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) just 0.108s behind the Scotsman in sixth.
All the riders except Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing) raced with medium front and rear tyres, Oliveira selecting a hard front and crossing the line seventh.
Jakub Kornfeil (Calvo Team), Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) and Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN) completed the top ten.
Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia) and Zulfahmi Khairrudin (Ongetta-AirAsia) both fell at the start of the second lap.
Juanfran Guevara (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3) and Isaac Viñales (Calvo Team) came together while fighting with the front runners and they were both able to initially rejoin but Viñales ultimately could not finish. Enea Bastianini (Junior Team GO&FUN Gresini) pulled off whilst fighting for points with a technical problem at Lukey Heights.
The closing laps saw Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) crash out, soon after Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) and Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing) collided. Kent and Binder were able to rejoin, the latter gaining a single point in 15th.
Miller is now just 20 points behind Marquez in the World Championship with only two rounds remaining.
An ecstatic Miller said it was the most satisfying win of his career.
“I definitely gave that my 120 per cent, on the last lap I nearly dropped the front, I was trying to get the last sections perfect, it seemed to pay off really well,” Miller said.
“You know I’m just super duper happy, I can’t thank my team enough and everybody around me, and for all the advice. It’s just awesome!”
Repsol HRC Report
It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the Repsol Honda Team this week. After clinching the World Championship last week in Japan, today the team suffered a double DNF in Phillip Island.
With ambient temperatures fluctuating throughout the day, Marc lost a few places from pole position, dropping back briefly but then moving back up to first by the end of lap one. Dani unfortunately got stuck in the pack and was squeezed down to ninth place by lap five. Marc continued to push at the front – leading every lap – and opened up a comfortable gap over duelling Lorenzo and Rossi. Then on lap seven Dani was hit in the rear by Iannone resulting in a buckled rear wheel rim which forced him to retire out of the race. Marc continued to extend his lead to over four seconds, then on lap nineteen he had an unfortunate crash at the bottom of Lukey Heights.
It’s the first time since Portugal 2010 that the Repsol Honda Team have experienced a double DNF. Now they must pack up and move on to Malaysia for the final race of the three fly aways next week. Dani has lost valuable points in the race for second place in the Championship and now lies in fourth place with 230 points, with Rossi on 255 and Lorenzo 247.
Marc Marquez – DNF – 2014 MotoGP World Champion – Today, because I had no pressure on me, I tried a different approach pushing hard from the start to try to open the largest gap possible. We were having a good race, right up until the crash. It was a pity that I went down at a time that I was not riding on the limit or faster than the lap before. It was a race where there were many crashes, and almost all happened the same way: the front wheel locking up. The temperatures were down a lot, something that was also a factor today. It is better that this happened now, so that I gain experience for next year. You don’t always have the opportunity to try things out.”
Dani Pedrosa – DNF – Championship Standing: 4th – 230 points – “We had no luck today. I didn’t get a good start, I lost a lot on the opening two laps and I ended up in a position in which I was left exposed to what happened afterwards. When you are riding amongst so many riders in this part of the field there are always incidents, and today it happened to me. Fortunately I didn’t crash, but the bike was damaged and I couldn’t continue.”
Fourth place for Andrea Dovizioso in Australian GP at Phillip Island, while Cal Crutchlow crashes out from second on last lap
Andrea Dovizioso finished fourth in the Australian Grand Prix, round 16 of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship, which took place today at the Phillip Island circuit. The Ducati Team rider scored a positive result after fighting with the Espargaro brothers, Smith and Bradl throughout for fifth and in the end, helped by some retirements, he was able to take fourth at the flag.
Cal Crutchlow was unlucky not to reach the chequered flag after his best race of the year. The Coventry man was holding on to a safe second place behind Rossi, when he lost the front of his Desmosedici GP14 at turn 4 of the final lap and had to retire. After a bad start, Cal was ninth at the end of lap 1, but had moved up to fourth by lap 6. He gained another place after Marquez crashed on lap 18 and then took Lorenzo on lap 23, but the final lap crash denied the British rider of a well-deserved podium.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 4th – “It was a really unusual race, and I can’t say that I am happy with this weekend because I was never really competitive. This experience will be useful for next year however: we must understand where and how we can improve. I’m pleased to finish fourth at the flag because scoring a result like this, with the pace that we had before the race, is in any case positive. Now we go to Malaysia and Sepang, which is a track I love, so we’ll try and do better.”
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) – DNF – “I’m absolutely gutted with today’s result. We didn’t deserve that. The first time I slowed throughout the whole race was on the last lap and the front tyre obviously cooled down. I chose the asymmetrical and this was always the risk that we took. It was just a shame that the only mistake I made was slowing down a bit and not carrying on pushing for the rest of the lap. It’s a disappointment to my team, because I believe they deserved it and I’m really sorry for that.”
Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager) – “We are obviously very disappointed. Cal did a really extraordinary race after his excellent qualifying run yesterday, showing that he has finally reached a good feeling with the GP14, and he would have thoroughly deserved the second place. Unfortunately that’s racing: what remains is consolation that we again today demonstrated the competitiveness of our Desmosedici and that in any case we scored an important fourth place with Dovizioso.”
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi raised the roof in Australia today, delivering a stunning race victory at Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo claimed the second step of the rostrum as part of a full Yamaha podium with Bradley Smith in third.
The Doctor made a great start to his 250th Grand Prix race in MotoGP as he jumped two places to sixth on the opening laps. He fought off Dani Pedrosa as he continued to battle his way to the front of the field, passing Bradley Smith and Pol Espargarò for third place.
Starting from third on the grid Lorenzo was not shy in grabbing the hole shot into turn one. He initially led the race, before falling back behind rival Marc Marquez. Lorenzo pushed to the limit but was unable to match the race leader’s pace.
Meanwhile teammate Rossi gradually closed down the gap to reach the rear end of Lorenzo’s M1 on lap nine. What happened next was a flurry of activity. With 17 laps to go Rossi set a fastest lap of 1’29.605 and made his first overtaking move at the hairpin and then Lorenzo fought back and retook second place in the first corner of the following lap. Over the next seven laps the teammates continued to swap places, when suddenly race leader Marquez crashed out of the race on lap 18 and they were left fighting for first and second place.
Rossi then put the hammer down and created an unbridgeable gap, while Lorenzo’s front tyre started to drop dramatically, forcing him to hand over second place to Cal Crutchlow. He kept pushing in his efforts to manage the gap to the following riders. Drama then struck again as Crutchlow also crashed on the last lap, handing Lorenzo a lucky but well fought second place, his tenth podium finish of the season.
Oblivious to the drama behind him, Rossi had increased his lead to 10.836 seconds and took an amazing victory as he wheelied over the finish line to celebrate his 108th Grand Prix win in all classes. The stunning win cements Valentino Rossi’s reputation as one of the greatest riders to grace the Phillip Island circuit.
Thanks to this amazing result, Rossi stays in second place in the championship with a points total of 255. He thereby increases the advantage over his teammate Lorenzo to eight points, whose third place sees him rise to third in the championship with 247 points.
Valentino Rossi – 1st / 40’46.405 / 27 laps – “I’m so happy because Phillip Island is one of the most important and most beautiful tracks of the season. I won here many times in the past, but over the last few years I was only able to get onto the podium without winning the race. To comeback and take the first position after ten years is great. It’s also great to see three Yamaha’s on the podium! The race was tricky. The work that we did during the weekend with the team was very important. We did a fantastic job and made the right front tyre choice. Marquez was not too far in front of me but he had a two second gap, so I decided to focus on my pace and on Jorge. He was very fast during the whole weekend, but for the second position in the championship it was very important to finish in front of him. When I was in front Marquez crashed and I said to myself “victory!”
Jorge Lorenzo – 2nd / +10.836 / 27 laps – “It’s a great result for Yamaha, because there are three of us on the podium. Our race on the other hand did not go as I expected to. We struggled a lot to get the best set up for the race. Everything needs to be perfect, but if you put on the wrong tyre the race is over. I’m happy for the second place. This has been the luckiest second place in my life, because there were a lot of riders that could have finished in front of me. Honestly I’m a bit disappointed because with a different tyre it would have been possible to stay with Marc and fight for the race. We’ll keep on doing our best to be in the best possible shape in Malaysia and try to win the race”
Massimo Meregalli – “It has been an incredible race. We’ve been very competitive all weekend and we knew we could achieve a good result here. We were a little unsure about this afternoon’s colder conditions, but Vale did a brilliant job to take the victory starting from eighth. He didn’t make any mistakes and showed some great overtakes. Jorge also rode another strong race. He was always pushing hard, but his front tyre started to drop towards the second half so he had to manage the grip level as best he could. Despite this problem, we couldn’t ask for a better result. It’s another double podium for our team and it’s great to see three Yamahas’ at the front. We now look forward to another strong race in Sepang where we plan to continue to show what we are capable of. I need to thank the whole team who worked very hard this weekend to give the riders competitive bikes to challenge for the honours they have won.”
Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing – “Obviously I’m delighted with today’s result. It has been a long time since we had a total Yamaha podium, back in Le Mans in 2008. Again a victory, the fourth in a row for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team. That’s an incredible run of results in the last events. Jorge also had not been lower than second over the last seven races. That is phenomenal. My congratulations also go to Valentino. It’s his second win of the year and he’s been riding great. It’s great to see him win here after we won the championship in 2004 at Philip Island. He’s ten years older but still going as fast and equally as ‘hungry’, so chapeau to him. Also congratulations to Bradley Smith for achieving his first MotoGP podium, a very much deserved result. We have two races to go. We’re fighting for the second position in the championship with both Vale and Jorge, so hopefully there will be more victories to finish off this year and let us go into the Winter to be stronger for the next season.”
Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista took a sixth place in today’s Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, resulting the best placed Honda under the checkered flag in a race that marked his 200th presence in the World Championship. His teammate, Scott Redding, was immediately behind him on the finish line in seventh place, equaling his best result of the season, obtained last March in the season opener in Qatar.
Starting from the sixth row Bautista was immediately in twelfth position at the start, then was able to end a difficult race without making mistakes, despite having suffered the same rear grip issues to he had throughout the whole weekend. In the final stages, the Spaniard engaged a battle with Hector Barbera and with his teammate, beaten by compatriot for just 65 thousandths of a second.
Thanks to the seventh place, Redding returned to be the top Open Class Honda RCV1000R: despite a mistake in the early laps of the race, which he made him slip back in 20th position, the British rookie came back keeping a good pace, battling in the end for a top five finish with teammate Bautista and Hector Barbera.
Alvaro Bautista – (6th) – “Today we got the best possible result, the maximum we could expect. During the race I had the same bad feelings I had throughout the whole weekend; in addition, in the last few laps the rear tyre dropped down a lot, beginning to spin also in the straight. For this reason I couldn’t push hard in the final stages to try to open a gap from the riders with whom I was battling. Anyway, today we faced a difficult race, with many crashes, and it was definitely not easy to finish the race: we did it, so we must be happy for that. However, it’s clear that I’m not happy, because I still don’t find myself comfortable with the bke and I hope that in Malaysia the situation can improve, since I have a good memory of the test we have carried out there last February. Finally, I wish to thank the team, because they are all giving more than one hundred percent in these difficult times”.
Scott Redding (7th) – “I was in fifth going into the last corner, but Barbera and Alvaro passed me to the finish line thanks to their more powerful bikes, so I’m a little bit gutted for that because it would have been nice to make a top five finish today, even though I know that many riders crashed. I made a mistake in the early stages of the race: I almost hit the back of Hernandez and I went straight into Turn 4, losing 4 seconds, so I had to recover and catch up the other Open Honda bikes. Then I started to find my rhythm and it was good battling with Hayden and Alvaro. I also managed to open a little gap, but in the end the more powerful Honda and Ducati bikes started to catch me, therefore we fought all the way until the last corner. It was a really nice race, I enjoyed it a lot!”.
Drive M7 Aspar
Chaos prevailed today in the MotoGP race held at Phillip Island. Last year’s event featured a tyre issue, and this time the compounds were again a talking point. The asymmetric compound, intended to solve the problems experienced by the MotoGP riders, sent several of them to the ground by a sudden drop in performance in the latter part of the race. Marc Márquez broke away early, with Jorge Lorenzo able to follow him and Valentino Rossi joining in a battle with his teammate eventually won by the Italian. For the last third of the race, Márquez, Rossi and Lorenzo were in podium positions and the situation appeared to be under control. However, race leader Marquez inexplicably crashed out, handing Rossi the victory on a plate. Lorenzo temporarily ceded second place to Cal Crutchlow, who crashed out on the last lap. In the end, Rossi, Lorenzo and Bradley Smith made up the podium.
The DRIVE M7 Aspar riders today had their brightest race since the Aragón GP, and both snuck into the top ten as they had done at the third Spanish GP of the season. Both Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama made use of their experience in a chaotic race that concluded with only fourteen riders reaching the chequered flag, taking eighth and tenth, respectively. Aoyama today repeated his best result of the year thanks to a hard-fought race, where he had to take on teammate Nicky Hayden, amongst others. Hayden was given a tough challenge by Yonny Hernández, but was able to best him in the fight to round off the Top Ten. He took points for the third race in a row.
8th Hiroshi Aoyama: “The temperature had changed considerably compared to yesterday, and also the conditions of the track, so the race was tough. Some riders opted for the hard front tyre, but we suffered a crash on Friday and yesterday we focused on getting the most out of the softer front compound. I think it was a very good decision to start the race with the soft front tyre, because it responded correctly through to the end. I don’t know why, but I suffered at the start of the race with a lack of rear grip. Still, I managed to stay in the group, and as the laps went by my feeling improved. The wind and heavy traffic prevented me from climbing more positions. I think today we could have placed higher, but it was also important to get to the finish line in a race plagued by accidents.”
10th Nicky Hayden: “Today I managed to start well, but on the opening lap somebody, trying to close the door, knocked me slightly and I lost a few positions. Fortunately I was able to recover and move back up. At one point I caught Hernández and I had to deal with him. When his tyre performance dropped, mine were still in good condition and I was able to go faster than him when accelerating. However, later on the straight he got back past me. We wasted time passing one another and the three riders ahead of us ended up escaping. On paper, tenth is positive -but we expected more from this race. The riders ahead of me were not much faster. We must be optimistic, because we’ve got three fairly positive results since our return, and next week we will continue working to try to improve.”
Bridgestone slick compounds available:
Front: Extra-soft & Soft (Symmetric) & Soft (Asymmetric). Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main) & Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 16-16°C; Track 31-34°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi won his first race at Phillip Island in ten years as the Italian rider led a Yamaha clean sweep of the top three podium positions at the Australian Grand Prix.
Rossi started from eighth on the grid but was able to make up positions in the opening laps of the race and by the third lap was in third position. Rossi then got involved in an entertaining battle with teammate Jorge Lorenzo and after trading places a few times with his teammate, eventually seized second place from Lorenzo with ten laps remaining. Rossi then found himself in the lead of the race after Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez came unstuck at turn 10 on lap eighteen and the Italian rider went on to cross the finish line 10.836 seconds ahead of his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP stablemate Lorenzo. Finishing in third place for his first premier-class podium was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith a further 1.5 seconds behind Lorenzo.
A cool change in the afternoon dramatically lowered ambient temperatures for the race, creating challenging conditions for the riders. The track temperature peaked at 34°C at the start of the twenty-seven lap race and then with a strong wind blowing off the sea, continued to cool further as the race progressed. The cool change resulted in some riders that originally opted for the soft compound front slick options electing to change to the extra-soft front slick, although rear race tyre choice wasn’t that different to what the riders used in race simulations yesterday. Of the twenty-three riders twelve selected the extra-soft compound front slick for the race, nine chose the soft compound asymmetric front slick, while just two riders selected the soft compound symmetric front slick. For the rear tyre, fifteen riders selected the medium compound rear slick and the other eight riders selected the soft compound rear.
2014 World Champion Marc Marquez’s first DNF of the season at Phillip Island sees him remain on 312 championship points while behind him, Rossi now moves into second place in the standings on 255 points. In third place is Lorenzo on 247 points with just two rounds remaining.
Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department – “Well done to Valentino on taking the top step of the podium at Phillip Island and continuing Yamaha’s excellent run of success to four consecutive victories. The fight for second place in the championship took an exciting turn this weekend but there is no time to catch our breath as the last leg of the triple-header takes place next weekend at Sepang. The new rear slick tyres that we developed for Phillip Island proved to work well for all the riders and we were able to complete a full race distance with good durability and performance. I would like to thank the teams and riders for their efforts to adapt to our new tyres this weekend.”
Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department – “After fine conditions in this morning’s Warm Up session, a cool change in the afternoon saw ambient and track temperatures fall quickly just before the start of the race. The cooler weather did result in more riders choosing the extra-soft front slick than if conditions had remained the same as this morning, but overall the tyre combinations utilised during the race were similar to what we saw yesterday in FP4. I am pleased with our rear tyre performance this weekend as the consistent performance and durability matched our expectations and all riders from all the manufacturers were able to adapt to using this tyre. The cool ambient temperatures and strong wind combined to create tricky conditions which resulted in a few riders crashing in the final stages of the race. We will now analyse the data we collected to determine if any changes need to be implemented next year at Phillip Island.”
Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – Race Winner – “It’s fantastic to win today because it was a great race. Unfortunately I had to start from far back on the grid but I knew I had quite a good pace. After the second corner I saw that Marc and Jorge were already in front and I thought it would be hard to catch them, but I was able to overtake many riders and catch Jorge. It was difficult to pass him at first, but in the end it was a great battle and I was a little bit faster and could pass him. Marc wasn’t too far ahead of me so I tried to stay focused on staying in second place, but after Marc crashed it meant I could win the race so it was great to be back on top of the podium at Phillip Island after my last victory here ten years ago.”
GP Corp Summary
An estimated 77,900 fans enjoyed the action at the Bass Strait Circuit across the three-day event, with Australian actor Eric Bana, former Formula One driver Mark Webber, Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson and AFL players Will Minson, Matthew Kruezer and Dyson Heppell among the crowd.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, said as predicted the racing was absolutely thrilling with some surprises and old favourites climbing onto the podium.
“The weekend really has had it all; fantastic weather, a victorious home-grown hero in Jack Miller and a Valentino Rossi victory – we could not be happier,” Westacott said.
“The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix once again proved why it’s one of the most popular events on the calendar, delivering some unforgettable racing across all categories.”