Yamaha took their first win since Assen 2017 and Vinales took his first win since Le Mans 2017 at Phillip Island!
Finally! After 25 races without a victory, Maverick Vinales bought some well needed confidence back into Yamaha. In the opening laps, it was a very open race but Vinales took the lead with 20 laps to go and controlled the rest of the race. Teammate Valentino Rossi was 2nd, at one point but could only finish 6th.
The newly crowned world champion, Marc Marquez started on pole position and was looking to take yet another win in a dominant year. However, Marquez got a bad start and was in the midfield battle. Being in the midfield is always dangerous and that showed. Johann Zarco hit the back of the 7 time world champion at 180 mph into turn 1! Marquez would have to retire the next lap after damage to the rear of his bike.
After crashing out last weekend in Japan, Andrea Dovizioso bought home a good 3rd position, despite Philip Island not being a Ducati track. What was more impressive was that stand in rider Alvaro Bautista came home in 4th! A brilliant ride from the Superbike bound rider.
Once again, Suzuki would have another strong race with Andrea Iannone finishing a superb 2nd and his teammate Alex Rins would finish in 5th.
Home favourite Jack Miller was looking good early on and like last year, took the lead on the first lap but he would drop back to 7th.
Elswehere, KTM’s Bradley Smith rode well to bring home a top 10 finish for KTM after a very difficult year.
The Top 10:
- Maverick Vinales- Movistar Yamaha
- Andrea Iannone- Suzuki Ecstar
- Andrea Dovizioso- Ducati
- Alvaro Bautista- Ducati
- Alex Rins- Suzuki Ecstar
- Valentino Rossi- Movistar Yamaha
- Jack Miller- Alma Pramac
- Franco Morbidelli- Marc VDS
- Aleix Espargaro- Aprilia Gresini
- Bradley Smith- KTM