Sunday, October 19, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez & Pedrosa DNFs Lead Low Points of MotoGP Phillip Island Round

Press Release

Australian Grand Prix

Round 16 - Sunday, October 19th 2014

  Australia - Race Report

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overcast and windy 16°C
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Heartache for Repsol Honda after Pedrosa is taken out and Marquez crashes in final stages of Australian GP

Heartache for Repsol Honda after Pedrosa is taken out and Marquez crashes in final stages of Australian GP

It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the Repsol Honda Team this week. After clinching the World Championship last week in Japan, today the team suffered a double DNF in Phillip Island.
With ambient temperatures fluctuating throughout the day, Marc lost a few places from pole position, dropping back briefly but then moving back up to first by the end of lap one. Dani unfortunately got stuck in the pack and was squeezed down to ninth place by lap five. Marc continued to push at the front – leading every lap – and opened up a comfortable gap over duelling Lorenzo and Rossi. Then on lap seven Dani was hit in the rear by Iannone resulting in a buckled rear wheel rim which forced him to retire out of the race. Marc continued to extend his lead to over four seconds, then on lap nineteen he had an unfortunate crash at the bottom of Lukey Heights.
It’s the first time since Portugal 2010 that the Repsol Honda Team have experienced a double DNF. Now they must pack up and move on to Malaysia for the final race of the three fly aways next week. Dani has lost valuable points in the race for second place in the Championship and now lies in fourth place with 230 points, with Rossi on 255 and Lorenzo 247.
Team Quotes
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
DNF - 2014 MotoGP World Champion
"Today, because I had no pressure on me, I tried a different approach pushing hard from the start to try to open the largest gap possible. We were having a good race, right up until the crash. It was a pity that I went down at a time that I was not riding on the limit or faster than the lap before. It was a race where there were many crashes, and almost all happened the same way: the front wheel locking up. The temperatures were down a lot, something that was also a factor today. It is better that this happened now, so that I gain experience for next year. You don’t always have the opportunity to try things out.”
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
DNF - Championship Standing: 4th - 230 points
"We had no luck today. I didn't get a good start, I lost a lot on the opening two laps and I ended up in a position in which I was left exposed to what happened afterwards. When you are riding amongst so many riders in this part of the field there are always incidents, and today it happened to me. Fortunately I didn't crash, but the bike was damaged and I couldn't continue."

race results

  Australian Grand Prix - Round 16
1Valentino Rossi46ITA25Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA40'46.405
2Jorge Lorenzo99ESP20Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA+10.836
3Bradley Smith38GBR16Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA+12.294
4Andrea Dovizioso4ITA13Ducati TeamDUCATI+14.893
5Hector Barbera8ESP11Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI+30.089
6Alvaro Bautista19ESP10Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA+30.154
7Scott Redding45GBR9Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA+30.158
8Hiroshi Aoyama7JPN8Drive M7 AsparHONDA+33.166
9Alex De Angelis15RSM7NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA+33.577
10Nicky Hayden69USA6Drive M7 AsparHONDA+34.144
11Yonny Hernandez68COL5Pramac RacingDUCATI+39.468
12Danilo Petrucci9ITA4IodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER+56.684
13Michael Laverty70GBR3Paul Bird MotorsportART & PBM+1'12.813
14Mike Di Meglio63FRA2Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI+1'28.050
15Cal Crutchlow35GBR1Ducati TeamDUCATIDNF
16Pol Espargaro44ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHADNF
17Aleix Espargaro41ESP NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHADNF
18Stefan Bradl6GER LCR Honda MotoGPHONDADNF
19Marc Marquez93ESP Repsol Honda TeamHONDADNF
20Broc Parkes23AUS Paul Bird MotorsportPBMDNF
21Dani Pedrosa26ESP Repsol Honda TeamHONDADNF
22Andrea Iannone29ITA Pramac RacingDUCATIDNF
23Karel Abraham17CZE Cardion AB MotoracingHONDADNF

Rider standings

Sunday, October 19th 2014
Pos. Rider Num. Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Marc Marquez 93 ESP 312 Repsol Honda Team HONDA
2 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 255 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
3 Jorge Lorenzo 99 ESP 247 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
4 Dani Pedrosa 26 ESP 230 Repsol Honda Team HONDA
5 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 166 Ducati Team DUCATI
6 Aleix Espargaro 41 ESP 117 NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA
7 Pol Espargaro 44 ESP 116 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
8 Bradley Smith 38 GBR 108 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
9 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 102 Pramac Racing DUCATI
10 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 96 LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA
11 Alvaro Bautista 19 ESP 89 Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA
12 Scott Redding 45 GBR 69 Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA
13 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 64 Ducati Team DUCATI
14 Hiroshi Aoyama 7 JPN 62 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA
15 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 44 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA
16 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 44 Pramac Racing DUCATI
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 33 Cardion AB Motoracing HONDA
18 Hector Barbera 8 ESP 14 Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI
19 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 14 NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA
20 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 13 IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER
21 Colin Edwards 5 USA 11 NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA
22 Michele Pirro 51 ITA 11 Ducati Team DUCATI
23 Broc Parkes 23 AUS 7 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM
24 Mike Di Meglio 63 FRA 6 Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI
25 Michael Laverty 70 GBR 5 Paul Bird Motorsport ART & PBM
26 Katsuyuki Nakasuga 21 JPN 4 YAMALUBE Racing Team with YSP YAMAHA
27 Leon Camier 2 GBR 1 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA
28 Michel Fabrizio 84 ITA 0 IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER

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Circuit Information

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Length4.448 m / 2.764 miles
Left corners7
Right corners5
Longest straight900 m / 0.559 miles
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Victoris 3922
Pole Position1m 27.899s (182.1 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2013)
Race Lap1m 28.108s (181.7 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)
Race time29m 07.155s (179.1 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2013)
2013 Race WinnerJorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2014 Race WinnerValentino Rossi (Yamaha)
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