2019 MotoGP Australian Grand Prix Preview

After the Japanese Grand Prix MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 head to Australia which is the second part of the sport’s triple header.

Moto3

Moto3 has perhaps had the closest championship battle of the three categories this season, but there is a possibility this weekend that Lorenzo Dalla Porta could be crowned the 2019 Moto3 champion as he goes to Australia with a forty seven point advantage over second placed Aron Canet, with only fifty points available after this weekend.

The gap widened from twenty two points after Dalla Porta won last weekend in Japan while Canet crashed and then ultimately retired in Motegi. It has meant that while Dalla Porta has scored forty five points in the last two races, Canet has failed to score any across the same period.

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Elsewhere, John McPhee closed the points gap between himself and Marcos Ramirez with the gap between the two now at eight points after McPhee finished sixth in Japan compared to Ramirez who finished eighth, as they battle over fourth in the championship and close down on third placed Tony Arbolino, who retired in Motegi.

Celestino Vietti goes to Australia off the back of claiming his third podium finish of the season at Motegi where he finished third. It also means that he is currently on a three points scoring run and is six points behind Niccolo Antonelli who returned in Japan after sitting out Aragon and Thailand due to injury.

Tatsuki Suzuki bounced back from being taken out in Thailand by leading his home race before eventually having to settle for a position off the podium, in fourth. It does mean however he has moved ahead of Dennis Foggia in the championship with six points separating the two.

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A few other riders in good form going to Australia are Albert Arenas who followed up his Thailand win with a second place finish at Motegi. Sergio Garcia, who is a rookie in Moto3, goes to Australia off the back of his best result of the season having finished fifth at Motegi and has now finished in the points in the last three races.

Moto2

The gap at the top of the Moto2 standings has gone down slightly heading to Australia after Alex Marquez had a difficult race in Japan where he ultimately finished in sixth.

Two of the other riders that make up the top four in the championship finished ahead of Marquez, with Thomas Luthi finishing second and Jorge Navarro finishing directly ahead of Marquez at Motegi, in fifth.

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Like in Moto3, the Moto2 championship can be wrapped up this weekend by Marquez if he outscores Luthi by fourteen points, Augusto Fernandez by eight points and Navarro by two points.

However Luca Marini is the form rider going to Australia having won the last two races which leaves him eight points behind Binder who is in fifth in the championship, the two having won the three races prior to this weekend.

The battle to be the best Moto2 rookie of 2019 hots up with Enea Bastianini having closed the gap to Fabio Di Giannantonio in the championship after Bastianini finished seventh at Motegi while Di Giannantonio only finished eleventh. It means that four points separate the two heading into the race weekend.

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Another Moto2 rookie who is impressing is Jorge Martin who claimed his first podium finish in the intermediate class in Japan after working his way up to finish third. It has moved him into a five way battle for twelfth in the championship with Martin only one point behind Tetsuta Nagashima in thirteenth and Remy Gardner in twelfth, while Sam Lowes is three points behind Martin and Xavi Vierge is four points behind the rookie.

Lastly a mention for another Moto2 rookie, Somkiat Chantra, who followed up a ninth place finish at his home race in Thailand with another points finish in Japan.

MotoGP

Marc Marquez heads to Australia having won the last four races as he edges closer to equalling his 2014 win tally of thirteen.

Andrea Dovizioso finished third at Motegi while Alex Rins finished down in seventh. It means that Dovizioso heads to Australia having secured second in the championship, the Italian having finished on the podium in two of the last four races.

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Rins however hasn’t secured third as he is level on points with Maverick Vinales going into the weekend with Danilo Petrucci seven points behind the pair while Fabio Quartararo, after a third second place finish in four races, is thirteen points behind Rins and Vinales.

Vinales is the most inform having finished inside the top five in the last six races, Rins has only managed to finish in the top five in two races across the same period, Petrucci hasn’t finished inside the top five since the German Grand Prix in July while Quartararo has finished inside the top five in five of the last six races.

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Elsewhere the battle for the final places inside the top ten of the championship continues to develop with Cal Crutchlow having managed to finish immediately ahead of Franco Morbidelli at Motegi while Pol Espargaro finished eleventh. It means that Crutchlow is thirteen points ahead of Morbidelli with Espargaro a further fifteen points behind. The outsider in the fight, Takaaki Nakagami, finished his 2019 campaign in Japan with a sixteenth placed finish as he undergoes surgery on his shoulder and will therefore be replaced by Johann Zarco for the final three rounds of the season.

Zarco’s replacement at KTM is Mika Kallio who has got off the mark in terms of points in what is his third race of the 2019 season, after finishing fourteenth in Japan.

 

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