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Written by Owen Bradley

Credit: Steve Wobser


1st Johann Zarco, Pramac Ducati

2nd Francesco Bagnaia, Lenovo Ducati

3rd Fabio Di Giannantiono, Gresini Ducati

4th Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM

5th Jorge Martin, Pramac Ducati

6th Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Ducati

7th Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM

8th Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing

9th Alex Marquez, Gresini Ducati

10th Enea Bastianini, Lenovo Ducati

11th Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing

12th Luca Marini, VR46 Ducati

13th Miguel Oliveira, RNF Aprilia

14th Fabio Quartararo, Monster Yamaha

15th Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda

16th Raul Fernandez, RNF Aprilia

17th Franco Morbidelli, Monster Yamaha

18th Pol Espargaro, TECH3 GASGAS KTM

19th Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda

20th Augusto Fernandez, TECH3 GASGAS KTM

21st Joan Mir, Repsol Honda

Philip Island, the Australian Grand Prix. A Circuit which has played host to some of the most famous MotoGP Moments and Memories. The Grand Prix took place on Saturday this weekend, the first time a Grand Prix has been held on a Saturday, since 2015. The Threat of weather for Sunday led to the FIM swapping the schedule between the Sprint and the Main Grand Prix.

Jorge Martin opted for the softer compound strategy, and in the Opening 5 Laps, extended a lead of over one second, pushing hard right from the outset. Brad Binder in P2 with Fabio Di Giannantonio of all riders, sitting in P3, over a second clear from Francesco Bagnaia.

Spots of rain falling with over 20 laps still remaining, the race had started to settle back in as we waited for the strategies to eventually play back into each other's hands. The good news for riders, with the circuit being so hot, as soon as the rain comes down, it immediately evaporates in the blistering temperatures of Australia. However, with rain clouds starting to form in the distance, Martin leading the way by over 2 seconds and the championship leader outside the podium positions, the race was about to heat up.

Credit: William West

Joan Mir fell once again after some contact with Luca Marini, and the tyre looked incredibly worn already, inside just 12 laps. Augusto Fernandez of TECH3 GASGAS KTM would fall at the same corner, Turn 4's heavy braking right-hander.

Fabio Di Giannantonio began closing in heavily on Brad Binder, and even on Jorge Martin. DiGi is without a ride for 2024, but seems to be riding like a man possessed! With only 10 laps remaining, DiGi seemed like he was the only rider with the pace to be able to catch Jorge Martin. DiGi eventually did manage to get a fantastic slingshot run out of the final corner, managing to clear Binder just before Turn 1.

With the rubber flying off Binder's KTM and evidently, some other riders struggling too, it was Jorge Martin vs Fabio DiGi with just 8 Laps remaining.

DiGi had began steadily closing the gap, but with Binder attacking him with just a handful of laps left, Martin was able to stay over 2 seconds clear, but clearly struggling with his tyres, Marco Bezzecchi struggling with his injuries, was in the battle for 6th place, looking to just maximise his points and stay within the championship battle.

Credit: Paul Crock

Binder set down the pace, seriously closing in and dragging the gap to under a second, with 3 laps remaining. Johann Zarco made a move on DiGi into Turn 1, stealing the podium away from the Italian who seems to have just used his tyres slightly too early. Jorge Martin's tyres seemed absolutely shot, with 2 laps to go and the gap at only 1.2 seconds between Martin and Binder, with the Ducati's in close pursuit, eventually all of them made the move, with Bagnaia fighting back onto the podium. Martin and Zarco's gap was now well under a second with the FINAL LAP remaining, only 0.403s separating them, and absolutely nothing left for Jorge Martin with the final lap.

Zarco attacked Martin at Turn 4, with Bagnaia following him through, Fabio DiGi managed to slide underneath him too, picking up the final podium positions as Brad Binder steamed past Martin at the final corner's exit. Marco Bezzecchi managed to recover back to P6 and keeps himself right back in the championship battle.

Credit: Paul Crock

Johann Zarco though, WINS the Australian Grand Prix and his FIRST ever MotoGP Race in the Premier Class. An absolutely EPIC Australian Grand Prix, the tyre strategies did indeed come back into play, on the very final lap of this extraordinary Grand Prix!

Johann Zarco Signed off in Style! with a BACKFLIP at the side of the circuit to celebrate. Bagnaia goes 27 points clear of Martin after this race, with Bezzecchi seemingly and disappointingly out of the championship fight, over 70 points down now.

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2023년 10월 21일

A guy who seems to have been around for as long as I can remember, through the lower classes and into the top class. Fast, talented but often luckless... or a bit reckless. Just reward today for plugging away often on sub par machinery or riding injured. Probably no surprise that a race on one of the classic and older style circuits served up a treat.

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