With the pressure off Marc Marquez having already wrapped up the 2019 championship, he still wasn’t holding back and wanted the win just like everyone else here at the Island. Everyone wants that win here for bragging rights as its one of the favourite tracks amongst riders. That track where you want your name added to the winners list.
Welcome to the Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019. With a mixed bag of weather on offer for the 3 days it was going to be some very testing times ahead for all the riders, Rain, Wind, Sun , Poss Hail, just another Melbourne day! With Fridays FP1 session being wet, it was 2018 race winner Maverick Vinales, aboard his Monster Energy Yamaha that set the morning pace, setting a time of 1:38.597. Local favourite Jack Miller right behind Maverick by just 0147! FP2 was held in dry conditions, but again it was Maverick Vinales setting the pace ahead of the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso in second, and Cal Crutchlow in the LCR Honda in 3rd.
The conditions on Saturday were woeful to say the least as the Late Barry Sheene summed it up perfectly. Savage winds and on/off rain would test everyones limits. In FP3 Maverick Vinales was the name at the top of the time sheets again, with a 1:31:338 as his best time of the session. With FP4 underway, this time it was Marc Marquez showing everyone who the boss was, stamping down a 1:31:185 as the benchmark to beat. But shortly afterwards Miguel Oliveria had a big off at turn 1. As Miguel was literally blown off his racing line from a huge wind gust, the session was stopped and all riders had a meeting and decided that under safety grounds due to the high winds, no more sessions would be done on the Saturday. So Sunday morning would see a warm up session, followed by Qualifying 1 and 2.
With Qualifying being run the Sunday morning. It was no other than Maverick Viñales again, aboard his Monster Energy Yamaha smashing everyone with a 1:28.492. 0.551 in second was Fabio Quartararo aboard the Petronas Yamaha SRT, with 2019 Champion Marc Marquez completing the front row on his Repsol Honda. Local Hero Jack Miller aboard his Pramac Racing Ducati will be starting in 9th.
It was a cracker of a race from start to finish. An epic battle between Maverick Vinales and Marc Marquez changing leads with Cal Crutchlow in 3rd watching it all unfold. Then on the the very last lap Vinales had a stack comig over Lukey Heights losing the front wheel under breaking, sending him down the hill into the kitty litter with his bike just sliding past Marc without him realising how close it came to taking him out! This in turn promoted Jack Miller into 3rd with the crowd going wild in excitement for the Aussie. And Jack himself thrilled at getting to stand on the podium in his home race. Until next time enjoy the pics!