The Australian Grand Prix ended on lap 6 for Marc Marquez and on lap 14 for Dani Pedrosa. It was a DNF for the Repsol Honda Team, for the first time since the 2017 Argentine Grand Prix.

The 2018 World Champion was forced to retire after his bike was damaged during contact with Johan Zarco: the Frenchman unexpectedly struck the tail of Marquez’s bike while braking into the fast turn one at the end of the main straight and crashed out, luckily without consequences. Marc was able to keep control of his shaking machine and avoided a crash himself, but he couldn’t continue his podium quest and entered the pit.

Dani, who had never been at ease at the Australian track over the weekend, was in 14th place when a crash at turn 4 put an early end to his race.

The Repsol Honda Team will now move on to Malaysia for the third and final consecutive flyaway race before returning to Europe for the season finale in Valencia.

Marc Marquez

DNF

“At first I didn’t understand exactly what had happened, but I was angry because I felt the contact from the rear. I couldn’t continue the race because my seat was broken and moving around. It was impossible to ride. When I arrived in the garage and saw the video, I understood. It was just a race incident because at that point of the track, we arrive really fast, over 300 km/h. I was behind Jack Miller when I braked even a bit later than usual, and then I felt the impact. Zarco had taken the slipstreams from the two of us. You may think he could have considered that, but for me it’s just a race incident and I already spoke with him. What I can say is that today I feel really lucky, and the most important thing for me is that both me and Johann are okay. Today I was really focused, and the race was going as expected. I led for a couple of laps, and then I decided to stay in the group and wait a bit. I had the pace and I felt I was able to fight for the win. It’s unlucky that we got a zero here at Phillip Island, but if next year I can win the title in Japan again and have another DNF here, I’ll sign up for that! Now let’s focus on the next race.”

Dani Pedrosa

DNF

“It has been a difficult weekend. We never had a good feeling over the three days, and unfortunately I crashed out of the race. I wasn’t in a good position, and then I lost the front in the braking point after the straight—quite a big crash, as it’s a fast point. Anyway, we just have to move forward, hoping to have a better race next Sunday.”

MotoGP 2018
Race Round 17   Australia

Race Classification

Sunny
Humidity
55%
Track Temp
32°C
Air Temp
13°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 40'51.081
2 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 20 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.543
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati 1.832
4 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 13 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 4.072
5 Rins Alex 42 SPA 11 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 5.017
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 10 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 5.132
7 Miller Jack 43 AUS 9 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 6.756
8 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 8 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 21.805
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 7 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 22.904
10 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 22.940
11 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 5 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 34.386
12 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 4 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 35.025
13 Redding Scott 45 GBR 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 36.348
14 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 2 LCR Honda Honda 36.389
15 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL 1 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 44.214
16 Luthi Tom 12 SWI 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 48.226
17 Torres Jordi 81 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'04.965
18 Jones Mike 7 AUS 0 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'19.817
19 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 5 laps
20 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 9 laps
21 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 16 laps
22 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 22 laps
23 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 22 laps
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)
2018 Race Winner Maverick Vinales (Yamaha)