MotoGP: Australian Grand Prix (Phillip Island)

Morbidelli within a hundredth of victory

Leading at the exit of the last bend on the Phillip Island circuit, Franco Morbidelli had his first Grand Prix victory stolen right under his nose at the finish line. But his time will come.

FRANCO MORBIDELLI ITA  ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS  KALEX Moto2  GP Australia 2016 (Circuit Phillip Island) 21-23/10.2016   PSP/ Lukasz Swiderek

The Races

This time, Franco Morbidelli nearly made it to the top step of the podium. After two complicated free practice sessions and a few falls that never managed to shake his confidence, the Italian rider completed a near perfect Australian Grand Prix. Leading at the exit of the last bend, Morbidelli had victory stolen from him by Tom Lüthi right under his nose.

Experience tells, but you cannot find fault with Franco, he rode very well and I am sure that his first win is not far away.

Michael Bartholemy

His teammate didn’t make it to the start. Victim during the practice test sessions of a heavy fall after hitting Julian Simon who had run out of gas, Álex Márquez spent the night from Saturday to Sunday at Melbourne hospital. Back on the circuit for the warm-up despite sharp pains in the back and abdomen, the Spaniard was suffering too much to compete in the race. In MotoGP Jack Miller scored a good tenth place while Tito Rabat finished in sixteenth position, one away from any points.

The Championship

With the twenty points he pocketed in Australia, Franco Morbidelli has now climbed to fourth place in the Moto2 championship. Having had to withdraw, Marquez has slipped back to fourteenth position. There was no change in the MotoGP standings. Miller and Rabat remain in seventeenth and twentieth positions respectively in the championship.

The Background

This time, Jack Miller was equal to the task. Racing on home turf, the rider of Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS handled the pressure of his country’s Grand Prix perfectly and no doubt had his best weekend since his victory in the Netherlands. The performance all the more remarkable in that the conditions were particularly atrocious last weekend at Phillip Island, with polar cold, incessant rain and raging gusts of wind.

It was very complicated, especially during the practice test sessions because the track conditions changed constantly. You had to have the right tires at the right time.

Jack Miller

Fifth on the starting grid, Jack signed his best qualifying time of the season. And in the race, he fought it out until the last lap for seventh place with riders such as Bradley Smith, Scott Redding, Danilo Petrucci and Stefan Bradl. Starting with a front tire that he had not had time to evaluate during the practice test sessions, the Australian regaled the audience by trading places tit for tat with his opponents.

The important thing was to cross the finish line and score a few points and that’s just what I did

Jack Mller

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