Gallery: 2016 Phillip Island MotoGP – Sunday
Richard and Gabrielle once again have a full pictorial of Sunday's MotoGP action at Phillip Island: Photography: Richard Collins, Gabrielle Matthews
The weather finally cleared on Sunday at the Phillip Island 2016 MotoGP round for some great racing, despite some massive crashes in the first MotoGP event of the day – the Moto3 race.
Stay tuned for individual MotoGP full race reports.
For the Australian Supersport Support race and result see: Callum Spriggs is Phillip Island Supersport Champion
For the Australian Superbike Support race and result see: Waters strikes from behind, Herfoss takes Championship
For a wrap on the Aussies in MotoGP for Sunday see: Jones takes first MotoGP point, Barton 20th
Phillip Island MotoGP 2016 – Sunday Quick Wrap
The sun was out on the final day in Phillip Island as fans flocked in droves and witnessed fantastic racing under sunny skies. Fans watched Great Britain’s Cal Crutchlow claim the second MotoGP victory of his career as he also became the first British Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix winner in history.
Australian favourite Jack Miller crossed the line in tenth position in his hometown race, with Mike Jones finishing 15th to claim his first MotoGP championship point. The race also marked the first time in 2016 that Marquez has received no points, with a repeat of last years MotoGP race at Phillip Island.
Today’s MotoGP grid was made up of a combined total of 14 premier-class world titles. This is the greatest number of premier-class titles ever represented on a starting grid in the 68 year history of MotoGP racing.
Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016 Results:
1. Cal Crutchlow (GBR LCR Honda) 40’48.543
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) 40’52.761
3. Maverick Viñales (ITA Ducati Team) 40’53.852
10. Jack Miller
15. Mike Jones
The Moto2 race went down to the wire with Tom Lüthi and Franco Morbidelli competing in an epic dual for first place. Lüthi pipped Morbidelli at the finish line by a mere 0.010 of a second.
Lüthi’s podium finish at Phillip Island marked the first back-to-back victory of his Moto2 career.
1. Thomas Luthi (SWI Garage Plus Interwetten) 39’15.891
2. Franco Morbidelli (ITA Estrella Gallicia 0,0 Marc VDS) 39’15.901
3. Sandro Cortese (GER Dynavolt Intact GP) 39’16.421
… Remy Gardner, DNF
In the opening five-laps, 12 of the 34-bike field were involved in multiple crashes. The race was red flagged and only five of the top seven riders in the World Championship standings took part in the restarted race that was run over 10 laps.
Brit John McPhee was taken away by ambulance but was conscious after an extremely nasty crash. The race was shortened and restarted 29 minutes later, running for 10 laps.
Aron Canet sealed his first podium finish by just 0.048s ahead of fourth placed Darren Binder, the brother of Moto3 winner and world champion Brad Binder.
Australian Matt Barton finished in last in 20th position, 1m23s behind race winner Brad Binder.
1. Brad Binder (RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo) 16’22.009
2. Andrea Locatelli (ITA Leopard Racing) 16’27.946
3. Aron Canet (SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0) 16’31.603
20. Matt Barton
You can check out our Sunday gallery of all the action at the track by Richard Collins and Gabrielle Matthews below: