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Australia (Phillip Island) 2017


DUCATI, THE TEAM, MUST BE VERY DOWNHEARTED AFTER THE PHILLIP ISLAND MEETING WHEN VERY LITTLE SEEMED TO GO RIGHT FOR THEM. TYRE CHOICES AND SETTINGS SEEMED NOT TO BE FAVOURABLE AND ANDREA DOVIZIOSO, IN PARTICULAR, SEEMED TO SUFFER MOST JUST WHEN HE NEEDED TO BE ON TOP OF HIS GAME.

HE ARRIVED IN PHILLIP ISLAND ONLY 11 POINTS BEHIND MARK MARQUEZ BUT NEVER LOOKED LIKE IMPROVING HIS POSITION. FAR FROM IT, JUST THE OPPOSITE GRADUALLY BECAME APPARENT. IN PARTICULAR, FOR A RIDER WHO DOES NOT OFTEN CRASH, HE HAD ONE BIG ONE IN PRACTICE THAT DEMONSTRATED HIS PROBLEM. ON A COLD MORNING, BRAKING ON A STRAIGHT READY FOR AN UPCOMING CORNER, THE FRONT WHEEL LOCKED, BRINGING HIM DOWN, STILL TRAVELLING FORWARDS BUT IN A STRAIGHT LINE ON HIS STOMACH, WHICH THE TEAM ATTRIBUTED TO A FRONT TYRE THAT HAD LESS RETAINED HEAT THAN WAS NEEDED FOR THAT SPEED AND CORNER. HE COULD ONLY QUALIFY 11TH AS OPPOSED TO MARK WHO TOOK POLE.

IN THE RACE, HIS BEST POSITION WAS RARELY AS HIGH AS 12TH AND HE FINISHED IN 13TH, A FAR CRY FROM THAT GLORIOUS WIN AT MOTEGI LAST TIME OUT. HIS DEFICIT TO MARK SHOT UP TO 33 WITH ONLY SEPANG AND VALENCIA AND 50 POINTS AVAILABLE IN WHICH TO DO IT, EVEN DISCOUNTING ANY POINTS MARK CAN SCORE! MARQUEZ TOOK THE VICTORY WITH VALENTINO ROSSI 2ND, MAVERICK VINALES 3RD AND JOHANN ZARCO 4TH AFTER AN OUTSTANDING RIDE WHEN, BUT FOR FAILING SOFT TYRES AT THE END, HE AT LEAST DESERVED A PODIUM SLOT. ANOTHER BRILLIANT RIDE WAS PRODUCED BY THE RETURNING JACK MILLER AFTER BEING DECLARED FIT AFTER BREAKING HIS LEG AND BLITZED OFF THE GRID IN CELEBRATION TO LEAD MANY EARLY LAPS.

WE CAN ONLY BE PATIENT AND WAIT FOR THE FINAL RESULT IN VALENCIA TO SEE HOW 2017 PRODUCES A CHAMPION!





STARTING GRID

1. Marc Marquez
2. Maverick Vinales
3. Johann Zarco
4. Andrea Iannone
5. Jack Miller
6. Pol Espargaro
7. Valentino Rossi
8. Aleix Espargaro
9. Bradley Smith
10. Cal Crutchlow
11. Andrea Dovizioso
12. Dani Pedrosa
13. Aleix Rins
14. Tito Rabat
15. Karel Abraham
16. Jorge Lorenzo
17. Loris Baz
18. Danilo Petrucci
19. Hector Barbera
20. Scott Redding
21. Broc Parkes
22. Alvaro Bautista
23. Sam Lowes



RESULT

1. Marc Marquez
2. Valentino Rossi
3. Maverick Vinales
4. Johann Zarco
5. Cal Crutchlow
6. Andrea Iannone
7. Jack Miller
8. Aleix Rins
9. Pol Espargaro

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Riders :

Marc Marquez 269
Andrea Dovizioso 236
Maverick Vinales 219
Valentino Rossi 188
Dani Pedrosa 174
Johann Zarco 138
Jorge Lorenzo 117
Danilo Petrucci 111
Cal Crutchlow 103
Jonas Folger 84
Alvaro Bautista 70
Jack Miller 65
Aleix Espargaro 62
Scott Redding 61
Andrea Iannone 60
Pol Espargaro 49
Alex Rins 46
Loris Baz 45
Karel Abraham 30
Tito Rabat 29
Hector Barbera 25
Bradley Smith 20
Michele Pirro 18
Mika Kallio 11
Sam Lowes 5
Nakasuga Katsuyuki 4
Sylvain Guintoli 1
Takuya Tsuda 0

Constructors :

Honda 319
Ducati 285
Yamaha 278
Suzuki 87
Aprilia 64
KTM 58

Race Results posted by
David Little
23rd October 2017

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