Schedule changes made for a busy Saturday in Australia as the Repsol Honda Team contested practice, Qualifying and the Grand Prix all in the same day.

For the first time since 2015, a Grand Prix was held on Saturday as weather warnings forced a change of schedule on safety grounds. This made for an intense day as the MotoGP field completed practice, two Qualifying sessions and had the full length Australian Grand Prix all moved to the same day.

As the weather continued to cool from Friday, the Repsol Honda Team headed out on track for Q1 alongside a number of big names for an intense 15-minute session. Marc Marquez would time his run perfectly to enter the top two on his final flying lap, advancing through to Q2. Ultimately taking seventh on the grid with a best time of 1’28.012, the eight-time World Champion ended 0.766s off pole.

From the head of the third row, Marquez lost a little ground in the run down to Turn 1 but quickly rallied and recovered to challenge the top five. A spirited start to the race had the #93 as an early podium contender but he quickly had to switch into a more defensive posture as the competition around him increased. Gambling with the soft, the latter half of the race became about survival, and he crossed the line in 15th to collect a solitary point.

Joan Mir started the full-length Grand Prix from 16th on the grid after taking some steps forward with the setting of his Repsol Honda Team RC213V in the morning. From here, Mir was able launch well and work his way forward and into the points. Riding comfortably and able to gain on those ahead of him in almost every corner, the Repsol Honda Team rider found himself in a multi-rider battle. Unfortunately, the fighting would get too heated and contact with Marini at Turn 4 in the middle of the race would result in Mir retiring soon after.

A further schedule change has seen the Sprint Race brought forward to 13:00 Local Time on Sunday, set to be run over 13 laps.

Marc Marquez


“Last year the soft tyre brought us the podium, this year the gamble didn’t pay off. I was hoping for a slower race, but straight away Martin was pushing hard and I knew it would be a very fast race. At the start I really enjoyed the ten or so laps with Bagnaia and Zarco as we were fighting a lot. Then I needed to change my tactic and just focus on bringing the bike home as I was suffering more with tyre life. Now we wait and see what will happen with the situation tomorrow.”

Joan Mir


“I disappointed with today, it is another hard one. I was just trying to make my race, not hurting anyone, trying to take care of the tyres because you saw what happened at the end of the race. We were working in the correct way according to the data. Then Marini tried to overtake me and hit me, and I fell after losing the front. Being in the back, the situation is more complicated as the riders are fighting a lot – I was a victim of it today. But this is racing. Let’s see tomorrow.”

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Race Round 16   Australia

Australian Grand Prix

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 25 Pramac Racing Ducati 40'39.446
2 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA 20 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.201
3 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 16 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.477
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.816
5 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 11 Pramac Racing Ducati 1.008
6 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA 10 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 8.827
7 Miller Jack 43 AUS 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 9.283
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 8 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 9.387
9 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 7 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 9.696
10 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 6 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 12.523
11 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 5 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 13.992
12 Marini Luca 10 ITA 4 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 17.078
13 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 3 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 19.443
14 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 2 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 20.949
15 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 1 Repsol Honda Team Honda 21.118
16 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 0 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 32.538
17 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 37.663
18 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 37.668
19 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 37.758
20 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA DNF Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM DNF
21 Mir Joan 36 SPA DNF Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
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Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA 366 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 339 Pramac Racing Ducati
3 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA 293 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA 224 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 187 Pramac Racing Ducati
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 185 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 170 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
8 Marini Luca 10 ITA 148 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS 144 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
10 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 134 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
11 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 115 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
12 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 86 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
13 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 79 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
14 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 76 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
15 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA 67 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
16 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 65 Repsol Honda Team Honda
17 Rins Alex 42 SPA 54 LCR Honda Honda
18 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 50 LCR Honda Honda
19 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 42 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
20 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 39 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
21 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 32 KTM Test Team KTM
22 Mir Joan 36 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda
23 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 12 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
24 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA 9 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
25 Folger Jonas 94 GER 9 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
26 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 8 Repsol Honda Team Honda
27 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
28 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
29 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 3 Yamaha Test Team Yamaha
30 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda
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


Pole Position 1m 27.246s (183.5 km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)
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)
2023 Race Winner Johann Zarco (Ducati)