Jorge Lorenzo's lacklustre form in the opening three rounds of the 2015 MotoGP title has been consigned to history after the Spaniard produced a superb performance at Jerez. After scything through practice and qualifying, the Yamaha factory rider led the 27-lapper from start to finish ahead of world champion Marc Marquez — with a new lap record at one of his favourite circuits the icing on the cake.
Today, Mr Ronald J Walker AC CBE, retired as Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) Chairman after 22 years of honorary service.
Mr Walker was named Chairman in 1993, with the first Formula One race in Melbourne being held in 1996. Since then, the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix has entertained more than 6,000,000 fans at Albert Park and annually promotes Melbourne via free to air television, news reports and global media to hundreds of millions of fans throughout the world.
MotoGP warhorse Valentino Rossi gambled on tyre choice and it paid off with a superb victory at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina — but only after a penultimate lap clash with Marc Marquez that left the reigning world champion a DNF and now 30pts behind his Italian rival in the general standings.
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Marc Marquez left most observers breathless with his mesmerising pole-setting qualifying performance on Saturday, so his clinical victory in the 21-lap race — his third in a row at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) — was quite elementary. The irrepressible Spaniard took over the running from Andrea Dovizioso four laps in, and then immediately began pulling a gap which extended to over four seconds before he coasted to the finish line for his first victory of the year. Marquez is now third in the standings behind Valentino Rossi and Dovizioso ahead of next week's round three in Argentina.
Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha), Dovizioso and Iannone made the running from the start, while Rossi was languishing in 10th and it was even more dire for reigning world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda): he ran wide at turn one just after the start and had to pick his way back through the field from last position.
Losail came onto the world championship calendar back in 2004 and has been the season-opening round since 2007, when Australian Casey Stoner came up with the goods in his first ride on the factory Ducati. Losail is one of the longest tracks on the calendar at 5.38km, and comprises 10 right-hand corners and six lefts as well as a slipstream-friendly 1km long start and finish straight.