MotoGP 2015 Australian GP Results From Phillips Island

Marc Marquez wins one of the most dramatic MotoGP races of all time as Jorge Lorenzo closes the gap on Valentino Rossi’s lead in the standings.

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez emerged triumphant from an incredible Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix to record his 50th career MotoGP victory and fifth of 2015. Marquez secured the race win in the end by just 0.249s from Jorge Lorenzo, with Andrea Iannone completing the podium ahead of championship leader Valentino Rossi who had to settle for fourth.

Reigning champion Marc Marquez tops the Australian GP podium with title contender Jorge Lorenzo second and Andrea Iannone third.©Motorcyclist

The 32,000 fans packed into the grandstands bore witness to one of the most exciting races in the history of the World Championship as Marquez was involved in a race-long scrap with Movistar Yamaha teammates and title rivals Lorenzo and Rossi, plus the Ducati GP15 of Iannone. The battle between these four was simply breath taking, as for once the weather did not throw a spanner in the works with the sun shining and track temperatures topping 100 degrees. It really did have everything: overtakes, lots of contact, a championship title on the line, and even a bird strike.

At the start it was Iannone who got the drive off the line to lead into turn 1 with Lorenzo and Marquez in hot pursuit. Lorenzo would take the lead into turn 8, and in a sign of things to come there was contact between Marquez and his teammate Dani Pedrosa at turn 10 as the former defended third. Iannone re-took the lead on lap 2, only to be hit by a stray seagull on the entrance to turn 4 to allow Lorenzo to move back to the front.

The lead swapped hands a number of times between these three on the opening laps. All the while Rossi, who had started from seventh on the grid, had been biding his time, before starting to move through the pack by lap 3. The Doctor overtook the Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow to move up to fourth on lap 4 and join in the fun at the front.

Jorge Lorenzo©Motorcyclist

Lorenzo began to break away at the front, and by the end of lap 7 he had opened up a 1.4s gap, but just when it looked like he would disappear into the distance the chasing trio started to close. Unbelievably, despite constantly swapping places, the three started to reel in Lorenzo at the front. At the end of lap 13, Lorenzo's lead was down to a second. At the end of lap 14 it was 0.5s, and fans were in for a treat as Marquez, Iannone and Rossi caught Lorenzo at the front with 10 laps to go.

From here on in it was anyone’s guess who would win, with Iannone using the incredible power of his GP15 to show some blistering pace on the straight. This meant each time once of the others passed the Italian; he was able wait until the Gardner straight to launch his Bologna missile back past.

Lorenzo took the lead with 7 laps to go once more, and with just two laps to go had extended this lead to one second as the others fought against each other. The best was still to come though. As the riders entered the final lap less than second separated all four, as Lorenzo led across the line from Iannone with Marquez in third and Rossi fourth.

Marquez passed Iannone in the Southern Loop to move into second and set off after Lorenzo. Rossi also came past his compatriot after contact at turn 4, before Iannone fought back into third through Lukey Heights. Then at turn 10 Marquez blitzed past Lorenzo into the lead, as Rossi tried desperately to pass Iannone for the final time but failed. Marquez then managed to hold on through the final few corners to secure an amazing victory as the crowd went wild. Lorenzo took second, his 10th podium of the year, to close the gap in the standings to Rossi to just 11 points with two races remaining. Iannone completed the podium, his third of the year and first since Mugello, while Rossi’s fourth was only the second time he has missed out on the podium this season. To give you an idea of how close it was, just a second separated the four across the line. It was also Rossi’s 328th grand prix, which moves him level with Loris Capirossi at the top of the list of riders with the most World Championships starts.

Marquez’s teammate Pedrosa came out on top in the battle for fifth as he crossed the line 5 seconds behind Rossi. The winner at Motegi had enjoyed an excellent race long fight with Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, who finished in sixth and seventh respectively. Sixth equalled Viñales best MotoGP result from the Catalan GP as he once more impressed in what is only the Spaniard's rookie season.

Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) won the battle of the brothers as he beat Aleix (Team Suzuki Ecstar) to 8th. Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith completed the top ten, finishing less than a second ahead of his compatriot Scott Redding on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda in eleventh.

Jack Miller©Motorcyclist

LCR Honda’s Jack Miller took the Open class victory at his home grand prix by finishing in fifteenth, with Irishman Eugene Laverty (Aspar MotoGP Team) crossed the line in 19th after announcing he will be staying with his team for 2016. Laverty’s teammate Nicky Hayden was forced to retire with a technical issue and Damian Cudlin (E-Motion IodaRacing Team), who was substituting for the injured Alex De Angelis, also had to return to the pits with an issue.

Incredibly enough, there was not a single crash in the MotoGP class today, in fact, there was only one faller during the entire weekend in this category (Bradley Smith during FP4 on Saturday).

Australian Grand Prix Race Results

  1. Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA
  2. Jorge LORENZO (99) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
  3. Andrea IANNONE (29) Ducati Team DUCATI
  4. Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
  5. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA
  6. Maverick VIÑALES (25) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
  7. Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) CWM LCR Honda HONDA
  8. Pol ESPARGARO (44) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
  9. Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
  10. Bradley SMITH (38) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
  11. Scott REDDING (45) EG 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
  12. Danilo PETRUCCI (9) Pramac Racing DUCATI
  13. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI
  14. Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
  15. Jack MILLER (43) CWM LCR Honda HONDA
  16. Hector BARBERA (8) Avintia Racing DUCATI
  17. Yonny HERNANDEZ (68) Pramac Racing DUCATI
  18. Loris BAZ (76) Athinà Forward Racing YAMAHA
  19. Eugene LAVERTY (50) Aspar MotoGP Team HONDA
  20. Mike DI MEGLIO (63) Avintia Racing DUCATI
  21. Stefan BRADL (6) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
  22. Toni ELIAS (24) Athinà Forward Racing YAMAHA
  23. Anthony WEST (13) AB Motoracing HONDA

Not Classified

Nicky HAYDEN (69) Aspar MotoGP Team HONDA   Damian CUDLIN (55) E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART

Rookie Alex Rins took his second Moto2 victory of the season at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix ahead of Sam Lowes and Lorenzo Baldassarri.©Motorcyclist
Miguel Oliveira’s fourth win of the season means the Moto3 title fight continues to Sepang as Danny Kent and Enea Bastianini crash out.©Motorcyclist
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Jorge Lorenzo©Motorcyclist
Jack Miller©Motorcyclist
Reigning champion Marc Marquez tops the Australian GP podium with title contender Jorge Lorenzo second and Andrea Iannone third.©Motorcyclist
Rookie Alex Rins took his second Moto2 victory of the season at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix ahead of Sam Lowes and Lorenzo Baldassarri.©Motorcyclist
Miguel Oliveira’s fourth win of the season means the Moto3 title fight continues to Sepang as Danny Kent and Enea Bastianini crash out.©Motorcyclist