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2016 Michelin Australian MotoGP
Grand Prix Track.Phillip Island.Victoria
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Motogp.Coming into the 2016 Michelin Australian Motogp Honda rider Marc Marquez has already wrapped up the 2016 championship, with only 3 races to go and 75 points available Yamaha factory rider Valentino Rossi heads his teammate Jorge Lorenzo by 14 pts to decide who gets second on the Championship podiums, coming a further 17 pts back is Suzuki factory rider Maverick Vinales who can also spoil the finish to the championship podium.
The field lined up on the grid with Honda factory rider Marc Marquez on pole position, LCR Honda rider Carl Crutchlow in the second spot and completing the front row is Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Pol Espargaro, Aussie Honda rider Jack Miller is back in 5th spot .World champion Moviestar Yamaha factory riders Jorge Lorenzo back in 12th with Valentino Rossi starting in 15th spot, another Aussie Mike Jones starting in 19th place.
When the lights went out it was the front row that powered off down Gardiner straight into Dohan cnr ,coming out of Southern loop it was Marc Marquez that was leading the pack of riders ,as the laps counted down Marc Marquez rode to a 2.8 sec lead ,meanwhile in the group of riders following positions were changing with Valentino Rossi riding thru the group to be up in third place ,then with 18 laps to go Championship leader Marc Marquez went into Honda cnr too quick and ended up losing the front and going down .This put LCR Honda rider Carl Crutchlow into the lead with Valentino Rossi in second while third place was being contested by 3 riders ,Ducati factory rider Andrea Doviziso and Suzuki factory riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales ,but as the race went on the contest continued with riders changing positions then with 2 laps to go Maverick Vinales claimed third spot then held it until the flag dropped where Carl Crutchlow got the top podium ,Valentino Rossi picking up second place and Maverick Vinales claiming third. Aussie rider on the Estrella Galicia Honda Jack Miller finished in the points with a 10th as well as Avintia Racing Ducati rider Mike Jones who came into the points with a 15th place.
Moto 2 comes to Phillip Island with 4 riders that if the cards fell the right way could win the championship ,but racing being what it is anything can happen .On a dry track the 27 riders lined up on the grid , heading the front row was Ajo Motorsport Kalex rider Johann Zarco ,in second spot was Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex rider Thomas Luthi, completing the front row is Estrella Galicia Kalex rider Franco Morbidelli .When the lights went out the trio on the front took off but as they rode down the straight championship leader Johann Zarco slowly went backwards to 13 th spot ,Thomas Luthi ,Franco Morbidelli , Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex rider Sandro Cortese and Italtrans Racing Team rider Mattia Pasini were left to fight it out up front ,with a few laps to go unfortunately Mattia Pasini went into Honda a bit quick and went down ,in the following laps Thomas Luthi and Franco Morbidelli fought it out for the lead ,coming into the last turn it was Franco Morbidelli who headed Thomas Luthi but after a slick bit of slip streaming Thomas Luthi passed Franc Morbidelli and took the flag by wheel length ,coming in third was Sandro Cortese. Heading into Sepang the 2016 Championship fight continues with only 2 races and 50 points to go ,Johann Zarco heads the table with 226 pts ,next is Thomas Luthi with 204 pts and Alex Rins following with 201 pts.
The 34 riders came out and lined up on the grid having already known that the championship has been decided and that Brad Binder was the 2016 Moto 3 Champion .Lining up in position 1 is Red Bull KTM rider Brad Binder ,in pos 2 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM rider Nicolo Bulega, in pos 3 RBA Racing Team KTM rider Gabriel Rodrigo .The lights went out and it was again Brad Binder that wound up his KTM and headed thru’ Dohan cnr first ,as the field rounded Southern Loop 5 riders went down leaving the rest of the field to take evasive action and not to become a causality, Brad Binder continued increasing his lead over Leopard Racing KTM rider Andrea Locateli and the following group ,then on lap 6 of the 23 lap race the field headed over Lukey where more riders went down leaving riders and bikes on the track ,the was immediately RED flagged ,the medical and recovery crews moved and dealt with the mayhem ,the remaining riders went back to the pits to await a restart .After a short break the remaining 24 riders came back out and gridded up in their original positions .Again the lights went out and the field headed off for the revised distance of 10 laps ,Brad Binder again headed down thru’ Dohan into Southern loop leaving the remaining riders to fight out the remaining positions , Leopard Racing KTM rider Andrea Locateli was in hot pursuit but just didn’t have the power to keep up ,the next 16 riders were all in a position to claim the remaining spot on the podium ,but as the laps counted down it was Brad Binder that took the flag by 5.937 sec’s from Andrea Locatelli who picked up second with Estrella Galicia Honda rider Aren Canet claiming third spot on the podium.
Congratulations to Brad Binder for taking the 2016 Moto 3 Championship.
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