Cormac Shoots Phillip Island: Wind, Weather, Crashes, Glory

Phillip Island + rain = clear visors, and a sight of the concentration riding the track requires

Once upon a time, Valentino Rossi reigned supreme at Phillip Island. He needs help from Yamaha for those days to return

Phillip Island did not go to plan for Fabio Quartararo. A big crash on Friday, and another on on race day

Things were even worse for Miguel Oliveira, whose massive smash at Turn 1 caused qualifying to be canceled on Saturday. He might be forced to miss Sepang as well

Downside to Phillip Island: a small mistake can have serious consequences

Upside: we get a peek under the covers. Note the external flywheel, used to modify torque reaction from the engine (including manufacturing date). Vary the weight of the flywheel, and you change how the engine reacts. A V4 means there's room to do this. Also note how long the front frame spar is, all to provide some flex in the frame.

Cal Crutchlow conquered his demons at Phillip Island with a podium


Whither Lorenzo? The Spaniard had his worst race since returning to action at Phillip Island. It did nothing to quell the speculation of his imminent firing/retirement

Fabio Quartararo qualified on pole with a badly swollen ankle ...

Then made a mistake in Turn 2, and got hit by Danilo Petrucci ...

Ending with him being knocked off his bike and ending in the gravel. A bad weekend all round

When Maverick Viñales got past Cal Crutchlow, Marc Marquez knew he had to make his move

Marquez clamped on to Viñales like a limpet

Viñales attempt to retake the lead ended in disaster at MG

The bike did not fare well

Fortunately for Viñales, the only thing that was wounded was his ambition

The battle for third was intense. Jack Miller came out on top, in one of the strangest liveries of recent years



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When I zoom in on the large image, it looks to me like the frame spars are formed into a sort of yoke the leaves the space between the steering stem bearings open. The carbon bit looks like it's the ducting from the nose of the bike into the airbox.


And if that round bob with the cutouts on either side is, in fact, the flywheel, they sure pack it in there mighty tight. Of course, *everything* is packed mighty tight on these bikes.

pretty sure Miller was thinking it was strange too!!  Not quite sure how the Ned Kelly one was going to work... The pattern on the bike was pretty cool though, it looked like the Queen Alien in "Aliens".........