All riders understand that the slightest mishap can lead to a loss, just as another rider’s mistake can lead to a victory.This week’s MotoGP worldwide race in Australia proved this to be true, with teams biting their nails and riders left stranded.
It was an exciting Sunday in the world of racing at the 2014 Tissot Australian Grand Prix. Take a look at how things went down at Philip Island!
2014 Australian Grand Prix: Everyone Wrecks?
Four different crashes led to major changes throughout the race. Even at a favorite track for the riders, the race turned out to be a grueling one, with the rider’s positions continually shifting.
The race was loaded with incidences, including Marc Marquez’s involvement with a crash with 10 laps left to go.
Andrea Dovizioso crashed out early, hitting Dani Pedrosa in the process. Both renowned riders were unable to finish the race because of the crash.Marc Maquez, already deemed the 2014 MotoGP Championship winner, was using this race as his attempt to accomplish 12 wins in a season. He started the race with a four second lead, but unfortunately, he lost his back end with 10 laps left in the race skidding off the track across the field, leaving him stranded and unable to finish the race.
Although neither were injured, Marquez and Pedrosa’s crashes marked the Repsol Honda’s team first double DNF in four years.
Although Cal Crutchlow remained a frontrunner for the majority of the race, even surpassing Lorenzo for second place at one point, he lost out when he crashed in the final lap of the race. A distraught Crutchlow commented after the race on how he believed that there was nothing he could have done to avoid the crash.
He attributed the crash to a risky tyre choice on him and his team’s part. He felt that he had driven the race well, and his loss of control came down to the issue of the tyre. He believed it was a tyre choice that affected Pol Espargaro, as well, and led to his crash as well, just a few laps earlier.
Aleix Esparago also had big hopes of completing the race in a top five position. He was in good standing to possibly win a podium spot, too. Unfortunately, a bump from Stefan Bradl led to a crash, resulting in him being knocked from the race. Bradl took a penalty point for his part in the crash.
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo stayed close for the majority of the race, battling it out for first. An elated Rossi eventually won out, making this his 82nd MotoGP win and his sixth win at Phillip’s Island. It will also allow him to have control in the battle for second place in the championship.
He talked in his press conference after the race about his excitement over winning one of the more important races at one of the riders’ favorite venues. It has been 10 years from the veteran driver’s last victory.
Lorenzo told the press after the race that it was lucky he ended up in the position he was in by the end of the race as the second placeholder.
The riders head out this week to Malaysia this week to compete in the 2014 Shell Advance Malaysian MotoGP race.
The MotoGP season, due to its length and variety of tracks, is filled with highs and lows. Although the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip’s Island had plenty of lows, a victorious Rossi and a grateful Lorenzo will head with the rest of the racers to the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend as the race continues for second place in the championship.
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