News 19 Oct 2015

Mixed fortunes for Australians at Phillip Island

Top MotoGP Open finisher Miller delights home crowds.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

The 2015 Pramac Australian Motorcycling Grand Prix came to an epic finish at Phillip Island on Sunday, with Australia’s stars performing in outstanding fashion on the world stage.

When racing got underway Moto3 was up first, and with three Aussies flying our country’s flag on the grid, the 23-lap race was set to be action-packed.

With the international Moto3 riders providing plenty of thrills and spills – more than 10 riders crashing out or retiring – the Australians managed to stay clear of the carnage. CIP Moto’s Remy Gardner finished in an impressive 10th position, while wildcard Olly Simpson survived to finish in 19th.

Unfortunately for Australian domestic regular Matt Barton (Suus Honda), who represented the third Australian in the Moto3 class, he was forced to retire after only 10 laps with mechanical issues.

When Moto2 kicked off, all eyes were on Josh Hook as the sole Australian representative in the category. The 22-year-old had his work cut out for him, putting in a solid charge for 25 laps to cross the finish line in 20th position.

When the stars of the MotoGP headed out for their final race in the afternoon, blue skies filled the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, with 27 laps set to wow tens of thousands of die hard fans.

For LCR Honda’s Miller, the support of Australia was well and truly behind him, and his result at the conclusion of racing proved that his backing was more than worthwhile – racing to one of his career best finishes of 15th place on home soil.

For fellow Australian Anthony West (AB Motoracing) the final race provided the opportunity of a lifetime, pushing through a grueling 27 laps around the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit to conclude the race in 23rd.

Unfortunately for Damian Cudlin, the final Australian MotoGP rider as part of Ioda Racing, luck was not on his side when racing got underway. He completed only 18 laps and failed to finish with machine dramas.