Pole starter Marc Marquez suffered his first DNF of the season, crashing out of the Australian GP unhurt on lap 10. The Spaniard was leading the race ahead of fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow, who took his second victory of the season. Crutchlow also gave Honda its seventh win in the last nine races and extended its advantage in the Constructors Championship to 33 points.

Marc had gotten away well at the start, entering the first corner in second behind Pol Espargaro and wasting no time in attacking his countryman. He took the lead before the end of the first lap and was managing an advantage of over 2.5 seconds when he made a small mistake, braking slightly late into turn four and losing the front end on his RC213V.

Nicky Hayden was in a great battle for seventh position with Scott Redding, Danilo Petrucci, Bradley Smith and Jack Miller when he touched with Jack at turn four on the penultimate lap and slid off the track.

After packing up in Australia, World Champion Marc Marquez will make a stop in Indonesia on Tuesday to take part in a promotional tour before heading to Malaysia for the 17th and penultimate round of the season.

Marc Marquez

DNF

“First of all I want to say sorry to my team because I made a mistake today. We were doing everything perfectly, and we were just missing capping it with a result on Sunday. If I had been fighting for the title it would’ve been an entirely different race, as I wouldn’t have risked so much. Today I started strong because I knew I had to make a difference at the beginning. I was maintaining the distance, but at one of the hard braking points I braked too late and instead of taking a wider line, which is what I had been doing throughout the year, I tried to keep going. In such cases the limit is a fine one. We remain happy of course because we had already won the title but of course we wanted to win more races. It was completely my mistake; during the whole season I’ve been very careful on the braking points and this time I risked more so this crash has nothing to do with the Michelin tyres. Now we have another race next week, and we’ll just think about that. Congratulations to Cal for his great victory”.

Nicky Hayden

17th

“It’s been a very challenging weekend with so many changes of conditions but finally we at least got a few laps in the dry in the warm-up. At the beginning of the race it was a little bit tough to get my rhythm but as it went on I started feeling better and better. I was in a group fighting for seventh position and I was quite enjoying the battle. Everybody was going back and forth and I felt good. I felt like I had the best tyres left in that group and that I could win that battle… but then in the Honda hairpin, Jack knocked me down. That’s racing. I didn’t actually see him, I just felt him when it was too late to do anything. But that’s racing, especially in a group like that, where it makes a big difference winning the battle and getting seventh or losing it and finishing out the top 10. After qualifying seventh on the grid and having not ridden the bike until Friday morning, seventh place would’ve been a very respectable result. Nonetheless, I’ve enjoyed the weekend; it’s been a pleasure to come back on the Repsol Honda Team and ride this bike again. It was awesome and I feel I did a decent job. I just would’ve liked to finish it off with a good result.”

MotoGP 2016
Race Round 16   Australia

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
62%
Track Temp
33°C
Air Temp
12°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 25 LCR Honda Honda 40'48.543
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 4.218
3 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 16 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 5.309
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 13 Ducati Team Ducati 9.157
5 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 14.299
6 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 10 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 20.125
7 Redding Scott 45 GBR 9 Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 28.369
8 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 28.781
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 7 Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 28.792
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS 6 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 28.815
11 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 31.809
12 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 4 Aspar Team Ducati 47.734
13 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 3 Aspar Team Ducati 47.749
14 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 2 Aspar Team Ducati 54.311
15 Jones Mike 7 AUS 1 Avintia Racing Ducati 55.875
16 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'06.395
17 Hayden Nicky 69 USA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'22.604
18 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati
19 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
20 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda
21 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati
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)
2016 Race Winner Cal Crutchlow (Honda)