Australian Grand Prix Race Results
Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) LCR Honda HONDA
Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
Maverick VIÑALES (25) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI
Pol ESPARGARO (44) Monster Tech 3 YAMAHA
Jorge LORENZO (99) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
Scott REDDING (45) OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI
Bradley SMITH (38) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
Danilo PETRUCCI (9) OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI
Jack MILLER (43) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
Stefan BRADL (6) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
Yonny HERNANDEZ (68) Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI
Eugene LAVERTY (50) Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI
Mike JONES (7) Avintia Racing DUCATI
Tito RABAT (53) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
Nicky HAYDEN (69) Repsol Honda Team HONDA

DNF: Hector BARBERA (8) Avintia Racing DUCATI
DNF: Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
DNF: Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA
DNF: Loris BAZ (76) Avintia Racing DUCATI

Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda©Motorcyclist

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) took a stunning second GP win at Phillip Island, as the Brit kept calm and kept his gap at the front ahead of P2 finisher Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), with Team Suzuki Ecstar's Maverick Viñales completing the podium.

Left to right: Rossi, Crutchlow and Viñales on the Phillip Island podium.
Left to right: Rossi, Crutchlow and Viñales on the Phillip Island podium.©Motorcyclist

There were no miracle starts for those frontrunners starting further back for the Australian GP, with Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) getting the best from P12 to move up to P9 with teammate Valentino Rossi gaining two places to P13 and Maverick Viñales moving up only one. It was Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) who got the holeshot from P3 on the front row while polesitter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) got a bad start as he swept back around the outside of Doohan Corner to take back P2 and then fight off Espargaro through Lukey Heights and down into turn 10. Once at the front, the Motegi and Aragon winner set off in his rhythm.

Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Crutchlow.
Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Crutchlow.©Motorcyclist

The fight for P2 between Crutchlow and Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) saw the Brit emerge on top, as Rossi was charging through the field – picking off Pol Espargaro and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) as the rider from Tavullia entered podium contention, then setting his sights on Aleix Espargaro and soon getting past.

Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Viñales
Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Viñales©Motorcyclist

Nearly three seconds clear at the front, there was suddenly a Repsol Honda sliding through the gravel at Turn 4 – and Marc Marquez was out of the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) crashing out of the lead at turn 4.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) crashing out of the lead at turn 4.©Motorcyclist

Crutchlow then found himself in the lead, hoping the 2014 flashback for Marquez wouldn’t touch him after a last lap crash two years ago – as Rossi began his hunt for the LCR machine, over two seconds back but on an amazing roll from P15 on the grid. As the British rider continued pulling away, Rossi then got a warning shot at Turn 4 that saw him run deep and lose ground, as the new fight for the final podium spot saw Aleix Espargaro locked in battle with Dovizioso – and Viñales soon getting involved.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Aleix Espargaro.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Aleix Espargaro.©Motorcyclist

After swapping positions in a three-way fight, Turn 4 then claimed another victim as Aleix Espargaro lost his Suzuki machine with 5 laps to go, and teammate Viñales broke the resolve of Dovizioso to take the final place on the podium and head the Italian home.

Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3©Motorcyclist

After his storming start, Pol Espargaro took a solid result as he crossed the line in P5, ahead of a struggling Jorge Lorenzo – who was unable to make up big ground after his good launch off the line.

Further back saw Scott Redding and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) leading a seven rider fight for P7 of home hero Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Hector Barbera (Ducati Team), Stefan Bradl (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Nicky Hayden.

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda
Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda©Motorcyclist

Kentucky Kid Hayden, standing in for injured Dani Pedrosa at Repsol Honda, put in an impressive one-off return to his 2006 championship winning colors as he battled well within the points, before Miller took Turn 4 too enthusiastically and Hayden was the casualty, sliding out.

Scott Redding and Danilo Petrucci, Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati
Scott Redding (45) and Danilo Petrucci, Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati©Motorcyclist

Hector Barbera was another crasher, leaving Redding to lead compatriot Bradley Smith over the line for P7, with the top ten completed by Petrucci and Miller. As well as the solid result for Miller, fellow Australian Mike Jones scored a point on his Avintia Racing machine, impressing once again.

Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3©Motorcyclist

Another Independent Team win in 2016, another win for Cal Crutchlow, and a little glimpse of the old Marquez. A fight back from outside the top ten to make the podium – for both the bikes who crossed the line behind the Brit – and some spectacular racing at Phillip Island once again. Next up is the penultimate round at Sepang.

Tom Lüthi, Moto2
With Rins and Lowes out of the race and Zarco in P12, Swiss rider Tom Lüthi wins Phillip Island to take over P2 in the Moto2 title fight.©Motorcyclist
Brad Binder, Moto3
Shortened race of 10 laps after a Red Flag sees South African World Champion Brad Binder take the Moto3 honors ahead of a 16-rider fight for the podium.©Motorcyclist