Can Maverick Vinales make it back-to-back wins at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix for Monster Energy Yamaha?
Vinales won the 2018 event at the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit but will face stern competition from the likes of five-time MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda).
Ducati Team pair Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci are sure to be thereabouts, and Aussie Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) is also set to feature in what is looming as a thrilling edition of the Australian race.
Read on for your full guide to all 11 MotoGP™ teams in action in Victoria.
Australian Jack Miller leads the way in a team sure to receive outstanding support at Phillip Island. Miller will aim to become the fourth local, after Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan and Casey Stoner, to win a premier-class event at the iconic circuit. Keep an eye out for the Aussie flags! Rookie Francesco Bagnaia is also on the team.
Repsol Honda Team
They were billed as the ‘super team’ after three-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo made the sensational move from Ducati to pair up with Marc Marquez, winner of five of the past six world titles. Lorenzo has struggled to live up to the hype and has been injured, too, replaced by Stefan Bradl at times, as Marquez has dominated again in 2019.
In Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, this team have two of the best and most exciting riders in the field, both putting pressure on reigning World Champion Marc Marquez throughout the season. Michele Pirro has also appeared at times.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
Seven-time World Champion Valentino Rossi leads the way in this team, the man affectionately known as ‘The Doctor’ is more than capable of a victory on his day despite his advancing years. Maverick Vinales provides good support and has often outshone the Italian in 2019, securing victory at the Dutch TT.
Team Suzuki Ecstar
Alex Rins won in the United States and Great Britain this year to show off his ability, while highly rated Joan Mir has also impressed at times. Sylvain Guintoli has featured occasionally.
Petronas Yamaha SRT
This new MotoGP™ team will have been thrilled by rookie Fabio Quartararo, who has set tongues wagging in 2019 with some very encouraging performances. The French rider is paired with Franco Morbidelli, the 2017 Moto2™ World Champion.
Cal Crutchlow and Takaaki Nakagami are more than capable of consistent top-10 finishes, but victory seems a tough ask for this pair even though Crutchlow did claim victory at The Island in 2016.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
After a terrific year with Red Bull KTM Tech 3, Johann Zarco moved up to join this team, but the good results have, frustratingly at times, not followed. Pol Espargaro has overshadowed his teammate on several occasions.
Red Bull KTM Tech 3
Developing riders Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin are still finding their way at MotoGP™ level. With a vacant seat up for grabs on the factory KTM in 2020 both riders will be looking to impress.
Reale Avintia Racing
Tito Rabat showed promising signs with a top-10 finish in Catalonia earlier this year. Karel Abraham, who raced with Angel Nieto last year, is the team’s other rider.
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Hopes were high for 2019 after Andrea Iannone joined from Suzuki. Aleix Espargaro has outperformed his teammate on occasions, though. Bradley Smith has also appeared as a wildcard rider.