2015 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix
|Race 16 of 18 races in the|
2015 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
|Date||18 October 2015|
|Official name||Pramac Australian Grand Prix|
|Location||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit|
In his 130th start, Marc Márquez achieved his 50th Grand Prix win – becoming the ninth rider to reach that mark, and the youngest to do so, at 22 years, 243 days – with a final-lap pass on Jorge Lorenzo. The final podium position was taken by Andrea Iannone, despite striking a seagull during the early laps. With Valentino Rossi finishing in fourth place, Lorenzo cut the championship lead to eleven points with two races remaining. With Lorenzo's result, Yamaha clinched their first title for constructors championship; their first title since 2010. The race is considered to be one of the best in MotoGP history, many praising the battle between the top four riders as thrilling and unpredictable.
In the lower classes, Álex Rins took his second Moto2 victory of the season, finishing clear of Sam Lowes and Lorenzo Baldassarri; Baldassarri's result was his first podium finish in Grand Prix racing. In Moto3, Miguel Oliveira's fourth victory of 2015 maintained his mathematical chance of claiming the world championship title. Efrén Vázquez finished in second place ahead of Oliveira's teammate Brad Binder. Championship leader Danny Kent crashed out of the race, which meant that Oliveira reduced the championship lead to 40.
Practice and QualifyingEdit
In the first practice session, after being cut short due to rain hitting the circuit, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa covered the top four spots, with Jack Miller completing the top five. Most of the session took place in overcast conditions, with belief that the weather would improve throughout the weekend.
In what was described as “perfect track conditions”, Marquez won his eighth pole position for the season, leading throughout the entirety of the qualifying session. In an unprecedented and rare moment for the sport, Iannone and Lorenzo tied for second place, with both men setting the exact same top qualifying time, Iannone declared the winner of the tiebreaker from his second fastest qualifying time, while Lorenzo only set one lap. Despite qualifying in second, Iannone's tactics came underfire as he consistently tagged Lorenzo and followed him around the track lap after lap, a tactic that angered both Lorenzo, Yamaha and critics. Pedrosa qualified in fourth, despite being in the front row position throughout the session. Cal Crutchlow was crowned the top independent rider for the session, placing fifth and Vinales finishing sixth. Championship leader, Rossi performed his worst qualifying session since Indianapolis, finishing in seventh place and on the third row. Aleix and Pol Espargaro were advanced through Q1, qualifying eighth and ninth respectively.
Iannone lead the field going into turn one, although the lead didn't last long as Lorenzo took over the lead by turn eight. The beginning of the second lap, Iannone had retaken the lead but was bizarrely hit by a seagull flying on the track causing body damage to his bike, he briefly lapsed in concentration allowing Lorenzo to retake the lead and Marquez to join them the leading battle pack. The battle began to heat up between the top three riders with obvious advantages and disadvantages between the Honda, Yamaha and Ducati. Iannone's Ducati had incredible straight line speed which allowed him to pass his competitors on the main straight with ease, while despite having the weakest straight line speed Lorenzo's Yamaha had the best corner speed of the three riders and Marquez's Honda being the most consistent in both the corners and the straight line speed. The constant passing between the top three riders allowed Rossi and Crutchlow to catch up to the leading battle pack, although Crutchlow - whose LCR Honda was suffering from wheel spin - was not able to keep the same pace as the top four and began to drop away from the leaders. When Rossi joined the leading battle pack, Lorenzo began to establish a dominant lead leaving Marquez, Iannone and Rossi in a three-way battle for second place.
Lap 25, Lorenzo still had an established lead with Marquez, Rossi and Iannone still chasing when Rossi attempted to pass Marquez, the manoeuvre left open space for Iannone to pass both riders moving him from fourth to second, which was praised as one of the best overtakes of the season. As the final lap began, Lorenzo was running first, Iannone in second, Marquez third and Rossi fourth. Incredibly, Marquez completed his fastest lap of the race, managing to overtake Iannone, as well as Lorenzo halfway through the lap to win. While Lorenzo was devastated, Iannone managed to pass Rossi on the final corner to take third place, shrinking Lorenzo's championship deficit to eleven points to his visible delight.
Tammy Gorali, the MotoGP commentator for Sport 5 Israel, counted 52 passes between the top four riders including 13 lead changes throughout the race with Iannone completing the most of the riders with 18 overtakes.
The race has been applauded by fans, journalists and riders for its unpredictable nature and thrilling racing between race winner Marquez, eventual world champion Lorenzo, Iannone and Rossi, journalists calling it "the race we had been waiting for" and one of the best since the beginning of the 4-stroke era. Marquez expressed surprise when he passed Lorenzo on the final lap and didn't believe he could catch him as the front tyre of his bike began overheating towards the end of the race, also calling his race win one of the best in his career. Lorenzo also admitted he was surprised when Marquez passed him, but praised him for his "unbelievable last lap". He also praised the race calling it "the best this year and probably in the last five or 10 years." Commentator Matt Birt, compared the finish between Marquez and Lorenzo to the finish of Lorenzo and Rossi at the 2009 Catalunya Grand Prix, describing the race as "breathless and fearless". Iannone's incident with the seagull went viral on social media websites hours after the race, with memes and Facebook pages dedicated to the event. Iannone saw the humorous side of the situation commenting at the press conference, "The seagull waited for the kiss". Despite the seagull mishap, Iannone's performance is described as the best race of his MotoGP career. The event trended worldwide on social media website Twitter, with celebrities such as Mark Webber, Pau Gasol and Ewan McGregor praising the race as one of the best.
Rossi did not share the same positive views of the race as his fellow riders accusing Marquez and Lorenzo of conspiring against him to ensure that Lorenzo won this year's world title at his expense, a claim Marquez and Lorenzo both strongly denied. He also accused Marquez of sandbagging the race to ensure that Lorenzo gained an unassailable lead to ensure he has a stronger chance of being able to catch up to Rossi's then eighteen point lead. Marquez took offence to these comments which lead to their famous incident in Malaysia which resulted in Rossi receiving a last place grid penalty for Valencia, losing the world title to Lorenzo as a result. Rossi has since admitted regret in making the comments but has never apologised.
|1||93||Marc Márquez||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||27||40:33.849||1||25|
|2||99||Jorge Lorenzo||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||27||+0.249||3||20|
|3||29||Andrea Iannone||Ducati Team||Ducati||27||+0.930||2||16|
|4||46||Valentino Rossi||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||27||+1.058||7||13|
|5||26||Dani Pedrosa||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||27||+5.062||4||11|
|6||25||Maverick Viñales||Team Suzuki ECSTAR||Suzuki||27||+6.800||6||10|
|7||35||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||Honda||27||+9.375||5||9|
|8||44||Pol Espargaró||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||27||+18.401||9||8|
|9||41||Aleix Espargaró||Team Suzuki ECSTAR||Suzuki||27||+20.039||8||7|
|10||38||Bradley Smith||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||27||+20.657||12||6|
|11||45||Scott Redding||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||27||+21.846||11||5|
|12||9||Danilo Petrucci||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||27||+22.840||13||4|
|13||4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati Team||Ducati||27||+29.168||10||3|
|14||19||Álvaro Bautista||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||27||+37.244||18||2|
|15||43||Jack Miller||LCR Honda||Honda||27||+40.192||15||1|
|16||8||Héctor Barberá||Avintia Racing||Ducati||27||+48.263||14|
|17||68||Yonny Hernández||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||27||+48.572||17|
|18||76||Loris Baz||Forward Racing||Yamaha Forward||27||+48.677||19|
|19||50||Eugene Laverty||Aspar MotoGP Team||Honda||27||+50.201||16|
|20||63||Mike Di Meglio||Avintia Racing||Ducati||27||+50.262||22|
|21||6||Stefan Bradl||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||27||+50.277||21|
|22||24||Toni Elías||Forward Racing||Yamaha Forward||27||+1:20.942||24|
|23||13||Anthony West||AB Motoracing||Honda||27||+1:23.454||23|
|Ret||69||Nicky Hayden||Aspar MotoGP Team||Honda||9||Mechanical||20|
|Ret||55||Damian Cudlin||E-Motion IodaRacing Team||ART||9||Retirement||25|
|2||22||Sam Lowes||Speed Up||25||+6.633||3||20|
|8||36||Mika Kallio||Speed Up||25||+21.883||5||8|
|12||23||Marcel Schrötter||Tech 3||25||+36.583||20||4|
|18||60||Julián Simón||Speed Up||25||+47.305||10|
|19||97||Xavi Vierge||Tech 3||25||+47.382||25|
|23||96||Louis Rossi||Tech 3||25||+59.229||22|
|Ret||94||Jonas Folger||Kalex||21||Flat Tire||14|
|Ret||66||Florian Alt||Suter||10||Knee Pain||28|
|DNS||1||Esteve Rabat||Kalex||Did not start|
|OFFICIAL MOTO2 REPORT|
|Ret||48||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Husqvarna||15||Accident Damage||21|
|Ret||55||Andrea Locatelli||Honda||13||Neck Pain||34|
|Ret||58||Juan Francisco Guevara||Mahindra||6||Accident||16|
|DNS||20||Fabio Quartararo||Honda||Did not start|
|OFFICIAL MOTO3 REPORT|
Championship standings after the race (MotoGP)Edit
Below are the standings for the top five riders and constructors after round sixteen has concluded.
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for all sets of standings.
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