The Battle Down Under: <b>The Australian MotoGP</b>

The Battle Down Under: The Australian MotoGP

A tight schedule overseas brings our riders back-to-back racing from Japan straight to the Phillip Island track in Australia to battle it out down under.
10-25-2018
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About Phillip Island

First seen on the calendar back in 1989, the Phillip Island racetrack has been somewhat of a fixed value - aside from a six year side step to the Eastern Creek circuit in the mid ‘90s. Since 1997, the 4.4-kilometer-long track has brought us incredible battles with imagery to match, showing a great contrast between intense racing against a calm ocean backdrop. And for one of our riders, this year’s edition will be very, very special… Hint: It’s Álvaro.

Philip Island Track
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Not scoring points during last year’s Australian GP, both Danilo and Álvaro look at the 2018 race with fresh eyes. And fresh it will be, especially for Álvaro Bautista who will debut as a full factory Ducati rider this weekend. Taking over from Jorge Lorenzo, he will run identical machinery to the GP18 machine Danilo Petrucci has been using throughout the season. On equal machinery, they will fight out a battle of their own on Phillip Island this year.

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Bautista & Petrucci at Motegi 1
Bautista at Motegi 2
Bautista at Motegi 3
Petrucci at Motegi 1
Petrucci at Motegi 2

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#9 Danilo Petrucci

Japan RESULT: P9

“I wanted to get into the Top 10 after a difficult weekend and I was able to do it even though I was helped by some crashes. I’m glad I got some points even if Crutchlow is doing great results for the Independent classification. In Australia, I have to do better and I can’t wait to be at Philip Island.”

Petrucci ready for Philip Island

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#19 Álvaro Bautista
JAPAN RESULT: P5

"Competing at a GP with the official Ducati team is a dream come true for me. I want to thank Jorge Martinez "Aspar", Angel Nieto's team and Ducati for giving me this chance at the Australian GP. I'm really excited. This weekend, I will only try to learn and enjoy myself, without pressure and without particular results in the viewfinder. That's okay: next year I will not be in this championship because I will race in Superbike with the official Ducati, so this race is like a prize for me."

Bautista ready for Philip Island
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Working hard at the home Grand Prix of chassis manufacturer NTS, the NTS RW Racing team left Japan feeling somewhat unrewarded for their hard work. Luckily, both Joe and Steven take the positives and add it to their motivation to do well in Australia.


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Odendaal at Motegi 3
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Odendaal & Roberts at Motegi 1

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#16 Joe Roberts
JAPAN RESULT: P18

“Unfortunately, today’s race didn’t go as we had hoped for. I had a really good start and I could gain two positions during the opening lap. But then, I couldn’t get any confidence to push harder. We lapped 1.5 second off our normal pace. This is why we weren’t where we could’ve been because I thought maybe some points or a top ten was in the order today.”

Roberts ready for Philip Island

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#4 Steven Odendaal
JAPAN RESULT: P19

“A difficult race with an unfortunate outcome. It’s not where we wanted to finish, but we suffered a lot with traction issues today so hopefully we can sort out it for Phillip Island. There is nothing else to say expect, thanks to the team as they put in great efforts as always and I think that we definitely can make another stop in one week in Australia.”

Odendaal ready for Philip Island
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An up and down weekend in Japan for our Moto3 youngster Jaume. With an opening bid of putting his bike on P6 after Friday, an unlucky qualifying session saw him further down the grid than what he was aiming for. Showing character and fighting hard, he managed to push himself further to the front while putting up a good fight in the second group.


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Masiá at Motegi 1
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#5 Jaume Masiá
JAPAN RESULT: P11

“Not the best result but happy for having learned a lot riding in front of the second group. Undoubtedly a great experience in Japan. Now thinking of Australia, for sure a difficult track for us but feeling strong and ready to give my best.”

Masiá ready for Philip Island

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