PHILLIP ISLAND. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) claimed his third win of the season as he took the chequered flag by 0.036 from second place Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) at the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, with Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP) snatching a maiden podium away from Augusto Fernandez (Pons HP40) at the line by 0.008, with Marini taking P5.
Aegerter would eventually finish 2.4 back from the win after being in the leading group throughout, with Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) P7 after being unable to cling on to the front runners. 2018 European Moto2™ Champion Jesko Raffin (SAG Team) earned a P8 at Phillip Island – a very solid ride from the Swiss rider. Schrötter produced a phenomenal comeback ride to end the Australian GP in ninth, with Fabio Quartararo (MB Conveyors – Speed Up) rounding out the top ten. Then came the two title protagonists: Oliveira P11, Bagnaia in P12. Tetsuta Nagashima (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Sam Lowes (Swiss Innovative Investors) and Edgar Pons (MB Conveyors – Speed Up) complete the points in a top 15 that was separated by 14.076 seconds – the fifth closest top 15 in Moto2™/250 history.
Augusto Fernandez: 4th
"I'm happy for today's race, it's the first time I've been in the front group and fighting for victory. I had a lot of fun, there was a bit of everything: overtaking, touches, and we really have missed so little to get the victory and the podium ...! We are going forward, we are getting closer, improving race by race, and now we have to think about Malaysia and continue like this. I want to thank the team for their work throughout the weekend".
Fabio Quartararo: 10th
“A very difficult race today. We started with a tyre that we had never tested on the weekend and this has compromised a bit today’s result, we should not hazard such a choice because I did not have the confidence to be able to ride the 25 race laps. I made some riding mistakes and a bad start that definitely influenced the result. Now we are already thinking about the next Grand Prix in Malaysia, which Sepang is one of my favourite circuits".
Simone Corsi: 19th
"Unfortunately we made the worst GP of the year. After the WU I thought I could have chances for a comeback, but the feeling wasn't immediately good in the very first turns. Lap after lap I was more and more slow. We must rewind as soon as possible".
Andrea Locatelli: 20th
"Starting from the back means a comeback race, but I recovered positions and I was racing good. Then I crashed in the final laps: I join the race again but I couldn't do better than 20th. Unfortunately, it's a wasted opportunity because I could have been competitive. Now let's finish these last two GPs in the best way".
Isaac Viñales: N.C.
"I tried to race, even though I hadn't been able to complete the entire Warm Up this morning. My shoulder’s pain then increased after a few laps and I couldn't be able to continue to drive and to get to the end of the race. It was another negative weekend: now let's make up as much as possible in view of the race in Malaysia next Sunday".