MotoGP Grand Prix of Australia 2016 Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2016

LCR Honda's British rider Cal Crutchlow celebrates his victory on the podium after the MotoGP race at the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island on October 23, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE        (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow romped to victory at the MotoGP Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, as world champion and pole-sitter Marc Marquez crashed out.

Marquez slid off at Honda corner on Lap 10, clearing the way for the British rider to grab only his second win in first class racing. Crutchlow finished ahead of Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, who begun in 15th, and Suzuki star Maverick Vinales, who were second and third, respectively.

Here’s the moment the Englishman clinched victory in Australia, per the MotoGP Twitter feed:

It was another absorbing chapter in a fascinating 2016 MotoGP season. Here are the results in full from Phillip Island and a closer examination of how this race transpired.

MotoGP 2016: Australian Grand Prix Results
1Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda2740:48.543
2Valentino RossiYamaha274.218s
3Maverick VinalesSuzuki275.309s
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati279.157s
5Pol EspargaroTech3 Yamaha2714.299s
6Jorge LorenzoYamaha2720.125s
7Scott ReddingPramac Ducati2728.369s
8Bradley SmithTech3 Yamaha2728.781s
9Danilo PetrucciPramac Ducati2728.792s
10Jack MillerMarc VDS Honda2728.815s
11Stefan BradlAprilia2731.809s
12Alvaro BautistaAprilia2747.734s
13Yonny HernandezAspar Ducati2747.749s
14Eugene LavertyAspar Ducati2754.311s
15Mike JonesAvintia Ducati2755.875s
16Tito RabatMarc VDS Honda271:06.395s
17Nicky HaydenHonda271:22.604s
-Hector BarberaDucati24Retirement
-Aleix EspargaroSuzuki22Retirement
-Marc MarquezHonda9Retirement
-Loris BazAvintia Ducati0Retirement
MotoGP 2016: Rider Standings
1Marc Marquez273
2Valentino Rossi216
3Jorge Lorenzo192
4Maverick Vinales181
5Dani Pedrosa155
6Cal Crutchlow141
7Andrea Dovizioso137
8Pol Espargaro117
9Andrea Iannone96
10Hector Barbera84
11Aleix Espargaro82
12Eugene Laverty73
13Scott Redding71
14Alvaro Bautista67
15Danilo Petrucci65
16Stefan Bradl60
17Bradley Smith53
18Jack Miller48
19Michele Pirro36
20Tito Rabat29
21Loris Baz24
22Yonny Hernandez20
23Katsuyuki Nakasuga5
24Alex Lowes3
25Nicky Hayden1
26Mike Jones1
27Hiroshi Aoyama1


Crutchlow Keeps his Cool

PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 23:  Cal Crutchlow of Great Britain and LCR Honda rides during the 2016 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 23, 2016 in Phillip Island, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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After winning the Japanese Grand Prix last time out to secure his third world title in MotoGP, it was little surprise to see Marquez get off to a strong start in Australia, too.

Initially, Pol Espargaro moved to the front after being sharpest off the line, before the Honda champion slowly worked his way to the head of the pack, building up a decent buffer to the chasing riders.

However, in a season of memorable moments for Marquez, the Australian race quickly became one to forget. He misjudged his approach to Honda corner on Lap 10, resulting in a spectacular crash and his subsequent retirement from the race.

The man himself posted the following snap after the event, capturing the moment he made the error:

After a tussle with Espargaro for what was previously second place, Crutchlow now found himself in the lead and with a brilliant chance to clinch his second win of the season. He was able to quickly put distance between himself and the rest of the field, with the LCR Honda thriving in clean air.

Rossi blitzed his way through the field superbly.
Rossi blitzed his way through the field superbly.PAUL CROCK/Getty Images

Further back, Rossi was showing all of his experience with another masterful display. Having started in 15th place, the Yamaha man had been cutting through the field superbly in the early part of the race and was quickly up into a battle for a podium spot.

As we can see here, the man known as the Doctor wasn’t hanging about, as he executed some superb overtakes at Phillip Island:

Up into second, he had Crutchlow in his sights, although as the race rumbled on, the Italian’s desperation to chop down his lead led to mistakes, and an error at Turn 4 ended any chances of a memorable win for the veteran.

The scrap for third was a fascinating one, though, with Vinales moving through to join Andrea Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro in the mix for the final spot on the rostrum.

It was the latter who looked the raciest in the final stages, although he was a little too aggressive at Turn 4, making an error and crashing out. It allowed Vinales to eventually take a hard-earned podium.

Vinales eventually won through in a battle for third.
Vinales eventually won through in a battle for third.PAUL CROCK/Getty Images

For the 21-year-old Suzuki rider, this was another strong performance in a prosperous year. Motorsports journalist Neil Morrison has been very impressed with his efforts in 2016:

Meanwhile, Crutchlow was pretty flawless up top, maintaining a comfortable distance between him and Rossi. After winning for the first time ever in MotoGP earlier in the year at Brno, this was the ride of a man who knows what’s needed to secure victories in this unforgiving sport.

Here’s a listen to what Crutchlow had to say after the race in Australia:

Meanwhile, the world champion lamented an opportunity missed. “I braked too late, and instead of going wide, I tried to keep the line,” Marquez said of his error, per Mitchell Adam of Autosport. “I took a lot of risks to lead from the beginning.”

Just two races remain on the 2016 calendar. The riders head to Malaysia in a week’s time, while the climax of the the campaign will be in Valencia on November 13.


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