Marc Marquez has prevailed to take the MotoGP™ victory after a tense battle with Maverick Vinales in the Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday.
There was a great fight between World Champion Marquez and the lead Yamaha, this time that of Vinales, before his bike hit the deck at MG Corner on the final lap.
Marquez took his 55th win, one more than Australian legend Mick Doohan, with Cal Crutchlow in second.
The 2016 race winner Crutchlow was having a lonely ride to third place, his LCR Honda too far behind the leaders and out of reach of the chasing pack, until he picked up a place on the final lap. It was a great comeback for the British rider, who severely broke his leg at the track in a crash a year ago.
In a great ride in front of his Australian fans, Jack Miller took third place on his Pramac Ducati. The Queenslander bided his time and looked after his tyres, making his moves in the final 10 laps of the race.
He had to fight his way past his Pramac teammate Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia, the Italian rookie putting in his best ride of the season in fourth place.
It was a great battle between the pair, who had to pick their way through some unlikely challengers before settling into their two-man battle.
Suzuki MotoGP™ rookie Joan Mir, who had to fight his way through the pack, was P5 after passing some vastly more experienced riders.
In the first half of the race the big surprises were the Aprilias. On a circuit on which he has already finished in the podium on both a Ducati and a Suzuki, Andrea Iannone fought his way into the lead, and at one stage teammate Aleix Espargaro was fifth.
But gradually the bikes fell back, though Iannone was sixth at the flag, with Espargaro 10th.
It was a good 400th GP race for Valentino Rossi, who led the early laps before dropping back, finally finishing eighth.
Star MotoGP™ rookie Fabio Quartararo had a short race, crashing into retirement at the second corner of the race after a clash with Ducati Corse’s Danilo Petrucci.
1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team)
2. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL)
3. Jack MIller (Pramac Racing)
4. Francesco 'Pecco' Bagnaia (Pramac Racing)
5. Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)