It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the Repsol Honda Team this week. After clinching the World Championship last week in Japan, today the team suffered a double DNF in Phillip Island.

With ambient temperatures fluctuating throughout the day, Marc lost a few places from pole position, dropping back briefly but then moving back up to first by the end of lap one. Dani unfortunately got stuck in the pack and was squeezed down to ninth place by lap five. Marc continued to push at the front – leading every lap – and opened up a comfortable gap over duelling Lorenzo and Rossi. Then on lap seven Dani was hit in the rear by Iannone resulting in a buckled rear wheel rim which forced him to retire out of the race. Marc continued to extend his lead to over four seconds, then on lap nineteen he had an unfortunate crash at the bottom of Lukey Heights.

It’s the first time since Portugal 2010 that the Repsol Honda Team have experienced a double DNF. Now they must pack up and move on to Malaysia for the final race of the three fly aways next week. Dani has lost valuable points in the race for second place in the Championship and now lies in fourth place with 230 points, with Rossi on 255 and Lorenzo 247.

Marc Marquez

"Today, because I had no pressure on me, I tried a different approach pushing hard from the start to try to open the largest gap possible. We were having a good race, right up until the crash. It was a pity that I went down at a time that I was not riding on the limit or faster than the lap before. It was a race where there were many crashes, and almost all happened the same way: the front wheel locking up. The temperatures were down a lot, something that was also a factor today. It is better that this happened now, so that I gain experience for next year. You don’t always have the opportunity to try things out.”

Dani Pedrosa

"We had no luck today. I didn't get a good start, I lost a lot on the opening two laps and I ended up in a position in which I was left exposed to what happened afterwards. When you are riding amongst so many riders in this part of the field there are always incidents, and today it happened to me. Fortunately I didn't crash, but the bike was damaged and I couldn't continue."

MotoGP 2014
Race Round 16   Australia

Results Session

Overcast and windy
Humidity
84%
Track Temp
29°C
Air Temp
16°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 40'46.405
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +10.836
3 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 16 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +12.294
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 13 Ducati Team Ducati +14.893
5 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 11 Ducati Team Ducati +30.089
6 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 10 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +30.154
7 Redding Scott 45 GBR 9 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +30.158
8 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN 8 Aspar Team Honda +33.166
9 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM 7 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +33.577
11 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 5 Pramac Racing Ducati +39.468
12 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 4 Octo IodaRacing Team ART +56.684
13 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 3 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'12.813
14 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA 2 Avintia Racing Avintia +1'28.050
15 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha DNF
17 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha DNF
18 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda DNF
19 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
20 Parkes Broc 23 AUS 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM DNF
21 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
22 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
23 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 AB Motoracing Honda DNF
Location Information

Phillip Island, the self-styled home of Australian motorsport, is steeped in motor racing tradition, with the first car races having been held there on public roads in the 1920s. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a permanent track was built in 1956. The circuit fell into disrepair… read more.

Length 4.448 kilometres / 2.764 miles
Width 13 metres
Left corners 7
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.900 kilometres / 0.559 miles
Constructed 1956
Modified 1988

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island, Ventnor, Victoria, Australia - View in Google Maps

www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au

Records

Pole Position 1m 27.899s (182.1 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2013)
Race Lap 1m 28.108s (181.7 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)
Race Time 40m 33.849s (177.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2017 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)