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Day Two Wrap of the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017

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On-Track:

  • Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has taken pole by 0.333 from Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) for tomorrow’s Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017 after dominating in changable conditions
  • The real racing shock of the day came when Marquez’s main rival for the World Championship, Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) had a day that he’d rather forget after finishing in eleventh place, presenting Marquez with a huge opportunity to move away from his only rival for this year’s title
  • Aussie rider, Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) pulled out all the stops and will impressively start from the second row of the grid qualifying in fifth.
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    The other Australian in the field, Broc Parkes (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) will start from 21st position on the grid. However, there were encouraging signs as his lap times improved the more time he spent on the bike
  • Last year’s Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix winner Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) crashed during qualifying and will start from tenth in today’s race

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MotoGP – Free Practice 3 Results:

1 Marc Marquez | SPA | Repsol Honda Team | Honda |  1’38.522
2 Johann Zarco | FRA | Monster Yamaha Tech 3 | Yamaha | 1’38.983
3 Pol Espargaro | SPA | Red Bull KTM Factory Racing | KTM |1’39.056
… Jack Miller | AUS | EG 0,0 Marc VDS | Honda | 1’39.889
… Broc Parkes | AUS | Monster Yamaha Tech 3 | Yamaha | 1’41.818

 

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MotoGP – Free Practice 4 Results:

1 Marc Marquez | SPA | Repsol Honda Team | Honda |  1’29.541
2 Johann Zarco | FRA | Monster Yamaha Tech 3 | Yamaha | 1’29.739
3 Andrea Iannone | ITA | Team SUZUKI ECSTAR | Suzuki | 1’29.808
…Jack Miler | AUS | EG 0,0 Marc VDS | Honda | 1’30.404
….Broc Parkes | AUS | Monster Yamaha Tech 3 | Yamaha | 1’32.264
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MotoGP – Qualifying 2 Results:
1 Marc Marquez | SPA | Repsol Honda Team | Honda |  1’28.386
2 Maverick Viñales | SPA | Movistar Yamaha MotoGP | Yamaha | 1’28.719
3 Johann Zarco | FRA | Monster Yamaha Tech 3 | Yamaha | 1’28.744
4 Jack Miller | AUS | EG 0,0 Marc VDS | Honda | 1’28.964

Moto2 – Free Practice 3 Results:
1 Miguel Oliveira | POR | Red Bull KTM Ajo | 1’33.919
2 Francesco Bagnaia | ITA | SKY Racing Team VR46 | Kalex | 1’34.240
3 Simone Corsi | ITA | Speed Up Racing | Speed Up | 1’34.546
…Remy Gardner | AUS | Tech 3 Racing | Tech 3 | 1’34.883

Moto2 – Qualifying Results:

1 Mattia Pasini | ITA | Italtrans Racing Team | Kalex | 1’33.300
2 Marcel Schrotter | GER | Dynavolt Intact GP | Suter | 1’33.308
3 Miguel Oliveira | POR | Red Bull KTM Ajo | 1’33.422
…Remy Gardner | AUS | Tech 3 Racing | Tech 3 | 1’34.500

Moto3 – Free Practice 3 Results:

1 Joan Mir | SPA | Leopard Racing | Honda | 1’37.567
2 Jorge Martin | SPA | Del Conca Gresini Moto3 | Honda |1’37.677
3 Fabio Di Giannantonio | ITA | Del Conca Gresini Moto3 | 1’38.171
…Tom Toparis | AUS | Cube Racing | KTM | 1’41.755

Moto3 – Qualifying Results:
1 Jorge Martin | SPA | Del Conca Gresini Moto 3 | Honda | 1’37.030
2 Gabriel Rodrigo | ARG | RBA BOE Racing Team | KTM | 1’37.248
3 Joan Mir | SPA | Leopard Racing | Honda | 1’37.411
…Tom Toparis | AUS | Cube Racing | KTM | 1’42.218

Off-Track:

The BMX Stunt Show was a popular fan destination on Day Two with the Freestyle Now crew wowing fans with their trademark high-energy moves and stunts at Lukey Heights

Perpetual crowd favourite, the RAAF F/A-18 Jet, put on a jaw dropping aerial reconnaissance with all attendees pausing to look skywards to marvel at its power

Tomorrow (Day Three) of the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017 will see some star power added to the Paddock with Sally Pearson (Australian Olympic Athlete), Mack Horton (Australian Olympic Swimmer), Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italian Olympic Swimmer), Tim Cahill (Australian football player), Matthew Kruezer (Carlton FC player), Matt Wilson (Neighbours actor), Travis Burns (Neighbours actor) and Shane Delia (Celebrity Chef) all set to attend

Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott

“Day two has delivered some exceptional on track action and provided the estimated 27,400-strong crowd of MotoGP™ faithful a display of skillful and competitive racing.  Reigning MotoGP™ World Champion, Marc Marquez, has given himself the best chance to take out the Phillip Island title after claiming pole position for tomorrow’s main race.”

“Our very own Jack Miller delivered an impressive performance in Qualifying today to finish in fifth position, just 0.578 seconds behind Marquez and no doubt the home crowd will be rallying behind him tomorrow!”

“Fans will be lucky enough to see the riders put it all on the line tomorrow at the business end of the season, with the battle between Marquez and Dovizioso fiercer than ever with only 11 points separating them in the World Championship standings.”

“The stage is set with perfect weather conditions for the riders to battle it out across MotoGP™, Moto2™ and Moto3™ with all three World Championships up for grabs. A thrilling day of action both on and off the track is expected and ticketing options are still available for purchase at motogp.com.au.”

Estimated Attendance Figures:

27,400, highest Saturday attendance since 2012 (Casey Stoner’s last year racing).

 

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