2018 Phillip Island MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from some of the teams and Michelin for the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island:

2018 World Champion Marc Marquez and Repsol Honda Team in Australia, chasing Constructors Title

After clinching the Riders’ Championship at Twin Ring Motegi with record-breaker Marc Marquez, the Repsol Honda Team has left Japan and is headed toward Australia, chasing a record 24th Constructors Title, which would also be Honda’s seventh in the past eight years.

With a 47-point lead and three races remaining in the season, there is a chance for the company to reach the prestigious achievement at Phillip Island on Sunday, when round 17 of the MotoGP World Championship will get underway at 4 p.m. local time (6 a.m. CEST time).

At the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Marc Marquez has 3 wins—1×125 (2010) and 2xMotoGP (2015, 2017)—plus 2 podiums and 5 pole positions.

Dani Pedrosa has 1 win in 250 (2005), plus an additional 2 podiums and 1 pole position.

Marc Marquez

2018 World Champion

“It’s a great feeling to arrive in Australia with the Title already won, and I really look forward to enjoying the end of the season. Of course there are also the Constructors and the Teams’ titles to think of, so we’ll try to keep the same level of performance and win more races to achieve those goals as well, as they’re important for us and for Honda. I love Phillip Island; it’s a fast track that always favours race-long battles that are a great show for the fans. I just hope the weather will be good because it can change from sunny and warm to cold and windy in a matter of hours. Anyway, we’ll see; we’ll definitely try to be at the front and have fun.”

Dani Pedrosa

“Phillip Island isn’t one of my favourite tracks, though we’ve also been able to get some good results there in the past. More recently, though, we’ve struggled to find the best setup. That said, we’ll go there and manage it as well as possible. Let’s hope to find good weather and to be able to use every session well in order to prepare for the race.”

Andrea Dovizioso lines up for the Australian Grand Prix with Álvaro Bautista alongside as replacement rider for Jorge Lorenzo in the Ducati Team for Round 17 of the championship

Just a few days after the Grand Prix of Japan, which saw Marc Marquez take the world title after a crash for Andrea Dovizioso on the penultimate lap, the Ducati Team has already arrived in Australia for the next race. Round 17 of the championship, the third in a challenging series of four successive end-of-season overseas rounds and the third to last one on the calendar, takes place this weekend at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

The Italian rider has been on the podium three times in different categories at Phillip Island, scoring a win in 125cc in 2004 and a third place in MotoGP in 2011, while last year, after a difficult race he was unable to finish any higher than thirteenth.

Jorge Lorenzo, who returned to Europe last Sunday, had a successful operation Wednesday on his left wrist at the hands of Dr. Xavier Mir of the Dexeus Clinica, who carried out an arthroscopy on his injured left ligament. The Spanish rider has already returned home to Lugano to try and speed up recovery, with the aim of returning to the track at Sepang in ten days’ time.

At Phillip Island therefore, it will be Álvaro Bautista who will race on the Mallorcan rider’s Desmosedici GP. The 33-year-old Bautista finished fifth in the Japanese GP last Sunday with the GP17 of the Ángel Nieto Team. His best result in the eight editions of the Australian GP in which he has taken part is a fifth place, which he achieved in 2012 and 2013.

Situated close to the Bass Strait in the state of Victoria, the Phillip Island track runs in a counter-clockwise direction with a series of extremely quick curves that make it one of the fastest on the world championship calendar. Despite the fact that weather conditions in spring in the southern hemisphere are often unpredictable, the event is always a favourite for teams, riders and fans alike. Like Motegi, the Ducati Team has also notched up four wins at Phillip Island, all scored by Casey Stoner.

With three rounds remaining until the end of the 2018 championship, Dovizioso currently lies in second place overall on 194 points, while Bautista is in twelfth place with 83 points.

The weekend schedule at Phillip Island kicks off on Friday morning with the first free practice session at 11.55am local time (02.55 CET), while the 27-lap race is scheduled for Sunday at 4pm (06.00 CET).

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 2nd (194 points)

“After Motegi my goal now is to stay in second place in the championship because Rossi is only nine points behind me, and here at Phillip Island, where I expect the Yamahas to be strong, it’ll be an important test for us because it’s one of the tracks where we tend to struggle a lot. We’re going through a positive period: since Brno we’ve always been fighting for the wins and we want to continue in this way, evolving the bike and improving even more. For sure it’s not going to be easy, but we’re going to try.”

Álvaro Bautista (Ducati Team #19) – 12th (83 points)

“To race with the official Ducati team for me is a dream come true. I want to thank Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’, the Angel Nieto team and Ducati for giving me this chance in the Australian GP, and I’m really thrilled about it. The weekend will only be to learn and enjoy myself, without any pressure and without aiming for any particular results. That’s OK: next year I won’t be in this championship because I’ll be racing in Superbike with Ducati, so this race is a sort of prize for me.”

The Phillip Island Circuit

Phillip Island, located around 150 km south of Melbourne, is steeped in motor racing tradition, with the first car races having been held there on public roads in the 1920s. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a permanent track was built in 1956. The circuit fell into disrepair during the late 70s and early 80s until it was bought in 1985 and given a major facelift. MotoGP returned in 1989 and 1990 before becoming a regular fixture once more from 1997 onwards. The Phillip Island circuit is blessed with breathtaking scenery and beautiful ocean views and is one of the fastest tracks on the calendar.

Movistar Yamaha Ready to Push in Phillip Island Race Weekend


Following the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team look forward to an action-packed race at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix round, where Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales aspire to feature at the front of the pack.

Currently holding third place in the championship standings, Rossi looks forward to fighting for second by bridging the 9-point margin at one of his most successful circuits on the MotoGP calendar.

The Doctor has secured numerous trophies at the Phillip Island venue and his experience will certainly come in handy during this weekend's battle. In the premier class the nine-time World Champion has won at the Australian track from 2001 until 2005 and scored an additional victory in 2014, he claimed second place in 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017, and scored five third places in total, in 2000, 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2013.

Viñales arrives at Phillip Island full of energy as it is also one of his favourite rounds. Currently in fourth position in the championship rankings, he aims to keep fighting to enter the top-3. The rider in second place is 39 points ahead of him, whilst teammate Rossi is in third place with a 30-point advantage over the youngster.

The Spaniard's excitement about coming to Australia is backed up by statistics. He stood on the podium there four times prior. He scored a Moto3 second place in 2013, secured a Moto2 win the year after, and stood on the premier class podium in 2016 and 2017, celebrating third places.

Phillip Island hosted its first motorcycle race in 1931. In 1956 a permanently constructed circuit continued to host motorcycle Grand Prix events until it fell into disrepair during the late 70s and early 80s. After extensive renovation, the circuit made an intermediate comeback in 1989 and 1990, to become a regular fixture once more from 1997 onwards. Thanks to its terrific location, right next to the ocean, and its flowing 4.4km lay-out (featuring seven left and five right corners, and a 900m longest straight), the Phillip Island track is loved by fans and MotoGP riders alike.

Valentino Rossi

Championship: 3rd – Points: 185

"I like the Australian GP, I'm always very happy to come here. I like the place and also the Phillip Island circuit. We did a nice race last year, I arrived second and Maverick third. We will try to do a positive race also this year, but the Australian GP is a bit particular. The track is unlike any other circuit, and above all we will have to wait and see what the weather conditions will be like. We will do our best, as always."

Maverick Viñales

Championship: 4th – Points: 155

"We did our best in Japan, but unfortunately it wasn't enough. Now it's time to focus on Australia. Phillip Island is one of my favourite tracks. I like its lay-out a lot, and I love being there, it's amazing! I had a good experience last year, when we had a double podium with me in the third position, so I'm really motivated for the race. Phillip Island is a circuit that brings me good memories. I managed to be on the podium in three categories of the World Championship and I won in 2014 in Moto2. Last year the bike accelerated really well. The team have been working very hard at the last races, so we have to try to be strong, as always, and try to be on the podium again in Australia. We're going to try to make the bike work and have one of our strongest weekends of the season."

Massimo Meregalli

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - Team Director

"After the race in Motegi last Sunday, the team has headed to Australia. The Japanese GP didn't play out like we intended, so we are determined to join the battle at the front this weekend at the Phillip Island circuit, which traditionally is a good track for us. The team is always looking forward to this round, because the atmosphere is great and the sweeping corners suit our bike. In previous years we would have visited Phillip Island in the pre-season for testing, but this year that was not the case. This means we will have to work hard from the very start of the first practice to find a comfortable bike setting for the riders, so we can move on to choosing the right tyre for the race as soon as possible. Luckily, we have a good basis to start from, as last year we secured a double podium here with Vale and Maverick taking second and third place. The team will give their all to have both riders scoring top results again this weekend."


The second stop on the MotoGP intercontinental tour will be at Phillip Island in Australia. The 4,448 metres of asphalt overlooking Cunningham Bay are some of the riders' favourite because of how spectacular they are. The layout is fast and flowing, with frequent changes in slope and little margin for error.

The weather needs to be taken into account which, in this period, is characterised by temperatures which are not too high and a good chance of changing conditions. Special attention therefore goes to choosing the tyres and managing the weekend.


"At Phillip Island we will have a lot of new things to try out in view of the new bike and to improve in the areas that are limiting us. It will be important to collect data because the 2019 season is approaching and we absolutely must take an important step forward."


"It's hard to say what I expect from Phillip Island. I'll be tackling it for the first time astride the Aprilia. Theoretically, the characteristics of the circuit should be a good fit for our bike and in recent races my feeling with the RS-GP has gotten a lot better."


PRESS RELEASE: 25 October 2018 | Australian GP Preview

Following an outstanding second-place finish at the last grand prix in Japan, the LCR Honda CASTROL Team heads to the picturesque Phillip Island circuit in Australia this weekend, scene of a famous victory for Cal Crutchlow the season before last. The circuit sits in a cliff-top location in Victoria, overlooking the Bass Strait, and is a riders’ favourite because of its super-fast layout. The Island circuit hosts the penultimate over-sea round of the 2018 calendar and the Briton racer, riding his Flex-Box branded RC213V for the third time, is huge fan of the Aussie race track.

Crutchlow moved up to fifth place in the MotoGP standings with his podium at Motegi, and now sits just seven points behind Maverick Viñales with three rounds of the series still to go. A career-best top four finish in the championship, which would also seal the Independent Team crown, is the next goal to aim for.

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Cal Crutchlow

“We’ll try our best in Phillip Island, whatever happens we try our best at any race. I think this place is one of the favourite circuits for all of us riders, and that means there are ten people with a realistic chance of taking victory here this weekend, including ourselves. The only problem with that is that after winning the MotoGP World Championship in Japan, Marc Marquez has nothing to lose!”

“As for going for fourth in the championship, my goal was originally to finish top six, and we’re currently fifth, and although Maverick is good at these final three races we will do our best to get top four. If I never had the three DNFs that I’ve had we would be right up there. Those races are gone now, and we just have to look forward to the next race and see what it brings.”

Monster Yamaha Tech3 Duo Heads Over to Phillip Island Full of Motivation

Just a few days after a very successful Motul Grand Prix of Japan, Johann Zarco and Hafizh Syahrin are on their way to Australia for the 17thround of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship season, which will see the green flags waving for FP1 at 11.55 local time (2.55 CET) on Friday.

Following a strong race in Motegi, Monster Yamaha Tech3 star Zarco is more than eager to arrive at Phillip Island to repeat his amazing rookie performance from last year, fighting at the top of the premier class in order to bring home as many points as possible, challenging the independent riders' championship.

Meanwhile, MotoGP class rookie Syahrin arrives at the Island full motivated after his second top 10 finish of the year. With an amazing performance at the Japanese GP in his pocket, the Malaysian newcomer aims for a similar great result, before his much anticipated home round.

Johann Zarco

Championship: 6th – Points: 133

"Phillip Island is an amazing track, pretty fast and with the MotoGP it feels like pure adrenaline on every lap. I had a fantastic race there last year and it would be nice to have a race in the front group again this time. I know, that my team likes this track a lot as well and this helps me to give me a strong bike. It's a nice place to race, I hope we are going to have some good weather, because if it's rainy and cold, the conditions are quite tricky, but when it's sunny, it will be funny for sure."

Hafizh Syahrin

Championship: 17th – Position: 34

"I'm looking forward to Phillip Island, because we've just done a very good race in Motegi and we are in great shape with the bike and had a decent rhythm. It's not my best track, but I'll try my best for sure. I aim to be in front of my rookie rivals in order to get closer in the points. But most of all, I hope to have good weather there."

Hervé Poncharal

Monster Yamaha Tech3 - Team Manager

"We've just had time enough to pack everything at the circuit in Motegi, rush to Narita Tokyo airport and fly to the next round, which is in beautiful Phillip Island, Australia. Personally, myself and I think the whole Monster Yamaha Tech3 crew enjoy the three back-to-back races and it's always a pleasure to fly to Phillip Island, which is such a beautiful place and has such a beautiful circuit. We can't help thinking about the 2017 MotoGP race there when we arrive, because it was probably the best race of the last season and everybody is hoping the same thing will happen this year. Clearly, this is a circuit, which is always producing unbelievable racing. Johann was one of the masters last year in this race, one of the strongest riders. Unfortunately he lost the podium and a potential second position on the last straight like a few years ago - some of us might remember - was what happened to Nakano when he lost the 250cc World Championship title. Phillip Island is always a special place for this. We have to see what Hafizh, who just had an incredible strong and exciting race here in Japan, will do on the MotoGP bike there. I don't think that it's his favourite circuit, but anyway, we are already almost on the Island and we just can't wait to start running there. The only thing, I would like to say is, that I hope for the whole paddock, for the spectators and people behind their TV that we'll have a dry track and sunshine."

Morbidelli and Lüthi fully focused on double points challenge in Australian Grand Prix

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS duo Franco Morbidelli and Thomas Lüthi are relishing the chance to make their first appearance on a MotoGP machine at the spectacular Phillip Island track, which plays host to round 16 of the World Championship this weekend.

Franco Morbidelli’s pursuit of the coveted Rookie of the Year prize continues in Australia, with the Italian looking to consolidate his advantage over Hafizh Syahrin ahead of the final two rounds in Malaysia and Valencia next month.

Just four points split the pair after they were engaged in an exciting race long duel for the top 10 during last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi.

And Morbidelli is hoping to strengthen his challenge in Australia having impressed recently at Phillip Island with a narrow second to current teammate Lüthi in 2016, which he followed with a return to the rostrum in third position one year ago.

The Phillip Island encounter presents Tom Lüthi with another opportunity to break into the points scoring places after several close calls throughout the 2018 season.

The 4.4km Phillip Island track is yet another venue where Swiss star Lüthi has enjoyed tremendous success in the past. He was victorious in the 125cc race back in 2005 and he then won an engrossing battle with Morbidelli to win the 2016 Moto2 race by the small gap of just 0.010s.

That titanic tussle between the two current Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS men is the eighth closest margin between first and second in intermediate class history. Lüthi was also runner-up twice previously in the Moto2 race behind Pol Espargaro in 2013 and Maverick Vinales in 2014.

The Phillip Island track is universally adored by riders from all three World Championship classes owing to its fast, flowing and technical layout. And its coastal location overlooking the scenic Bass Strait provides one of the most picturesque settings on the 19-round schedule.

Its proximity to the coast often delivers wildly contrasting weather conditions, with rain, gusting winds and cool temperatures a common feature.

FP1 for the MotoGP field commences at 955am local time and the 27-lap Australian Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 4pm local time on Sunday afternoon.

Franco Morbidelli: 4th in the overall standings on 38 points

“Phillip Island is one of my favourite tracks”

“Phillip Island is a completely different track compared to Japan and I have to say it is one of my favourite tracks even though I haven’t had many good results in the past. I’m really looking forward to riding a MotoGP bike there.”

Tom Lüthi: 26th in the overall standings

“It is always a pleasure to race at such a spectacular track”

“It is good to be back on track so quickly in Phillip Island and it is always a pleasure to race at such a spectacular track. These three races together mean you spend a lot of time with the team, which is enjoyable and helps us make a clear plan for this weekend. This will hopefully allow us to have a faster speed in Phillip Island.”


Australian rider to line-up alongside Karel Abraham in place of Álvaro Bautista, who moves across to the factory Ducati team to replace Jorge Lorenzo

The MotoGP World Championship title has been decided in favour of Marc Márquez after his victory in the Grand Prix of Japan, but there is still plenty at stake in the final three rounds of the season. Andrea Dovizioso, whose crash on the penultimate lap at Motegi handed the title to the Spaniard, now faces a battle to hang on to the runner-up positions, with just 9 points over Valentino Rossi and 39 over Maverick Viñales. The Ducati factory team will be joined by Álvaro Bautista in Australia, the Ángel Nieto Team rider moving across to replace the injured Jorge Lorenzo.

Home rider Mike Jones will join the Ángel Nieto Team at Phillip Island, the Australian stepping in to the Spanish MotoGP team to replace Álvaro Bautista, who in turn will cover for the injured Jorge Lorenzo at Ducati. Born in Brisbane (Australia), Jones will be contesting his home Grand Prix for the second time, having taken a fifteenth-place finish there in 2016 on just his second appearance in this category. This weekend he will ride the Ducati GP16 normally ridden by his new team-mate Karel Abraham, whilst the Czech rider will ride the Ducati GP17. Abraham is aiming to challenge for the points at Phillip Island after crashing out in Japan.

Karel Abraham: “We will give our best to be fighting for the points again in Australia. We missed a good chance in Japan because we could have been running with the group that ended up fighting for thirteenth, but we will keep working in Australia with the same objective. We will be riding the Ducati GP17 for the first time and I am grateful to the team for the opportunity to do this. Hopefully we can take it to a strong result.”

Mike Jones: “ I’m very excited and grateful to race with the Ángel Nieto Team at my home race of the MotoGP. Phillip Island is a circuit that I know well and enjoy very much. I look forward to learning step by step throughout the weekend and ultimately riding to the best of my ability”.


PRESS RELEASE: 25 October 2018 | Phillip Island GP Preview

After scoring a point in his home grand prix in Japan, the LCR Honda IDEMITSU Team head down under to the beautiful Phillip Island circuit in Australia this weekend. Taka Nakagami was a bit frustrated with his result in Motegi, especially with having got through to Qualifying 2, and hopes that with the Victorian venue being his favourite on the whole MotoGP calendar, he can quickly make amends.

The Japanese rider sits in 20th place in the championship, and is still in the running for the Rookie of the Year title, but will need a big result at the fast and flowing cliff-top venue if he is to close the 19-point gap to his principal rival, and fellow Honda-man, Franco Morbidelli.

Takaaki Nakagami

“The good thing is that the race comes straight away, and I was disappointed with the result at my home grand prix in Japan. As a team, we have to take the positives forward to the Australian race. We are lucky to have a race so soon after the disappointment to make up for it, and also that it’s my favourite track at Phillip Island. We hope that the weather is stable throughout the whole weekend and we will see what we can come up with here.”


Michelin has headed south for the second leg of the three-week flyaway tour and to a race that holds special significance for the French company as it is the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix which will be held at Phillip Island this weekend.

Round 17 of the MotoGP™ World Championship sees the paddock travel over the equator for only the second time this season and a date with one of the most spectacular and demanding circuits on the whole calendar. The 4,448m layout is one of the fastest tracks of the year and its high-speed nature makes it one of the most extreme tests for tyres that Michelin visits. Fast, flowing turns produce huge amounts of heat, with the final corner being the bend which shows the highest temperature of any of the 278 turns that the MotoGP field face during the 19-race season. The high stresses generated, the requirement to combat its anti-clockwise layout covering seven left- and five right-hand bends and the necessity for a tyre that needs to warm-up quickly due to the cool temperatures that can be encountered at this time of the year, means that Michelin has to deliver a special tyre to work to its full potential at its named Grand Prix. The so-called ‘Phillip Island’ tyre meets all those demands and delivers the riders with a confidence-inspiring tyre to push to the extreme and give close and exciting racing, as was witnessed last season in Australia and has also been the case during many races in 2018.

The MICHELIN Power Slicks for both the front and rear will all be asymmetric in design – one of only three times the full range is available in such a selection throughout the season, with Sachsenring and Valencia being the others. The soft, medium and hard compounds have been ideally matched to meet the rigours of the track, with the left-hand side having a harder compound to cope with the extra demands faced by that side of the tyre and the increased heat, whilst the right will be a softer rubber designed to warm up quickly and give the riders the grip they require for those corners.

The spectacular racing nature of the track also has an equally breath-taking setting, as it nestles on the cliffs of Phillip Island looking directly out over the Bass Strait and on to the Tasman Sea, but this stunning backdrop can also provide extremely inclement weather, from heavy rain to wintry showers. With this heightened possibility at this time of the year – its spring in Australia – the MICHELIN Power Rain tyres will be available to counter the wet conditions. This allocation will be as finely tuned as their slick counterparts to meet the demands of the circuit and will be available in a soft and medium symmetric for the front, with an asymmetric soft and medium for the rear.

The Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix weekend begins on Friday 26th October when the riders take to the track for two Free Practice sessions. Saturday will have two more practice periods, followed by Qualifying to decide grid positions for the 27-lap race. Sunday 28th October will see the third running of the Michelin® Australian Grand Prix when the lights change to signal the start of the race at 16.00hrs local time (06.00hrs CET, 05.00hrs GMT).

Piero Taramasso – Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager:

“Phillip Island has a special significance for all involved with Michelin, as it is the one race of the season where we have the title sponsorship, so it feels very much like ‘our’ race and with the whole Asian-Pacific market being so important to Michelin, it gives the event an added meaning. The track is one of the most challenging throughout the year, it puts stresses on the tyres that we do not see anywhere else. Our tyres need to contend with high lap-times, a very asymmetric layout and some extremely fast corners, so they need to perform at all those levels, as well as having the ability to warm-up quickly, because it can be very cool there, as we have seen in recent seasons. This is a circuit we are always very respectful of and one that we don’t take lightly, that is why we have a tyre that is particular to Phillip Island, it is important for us to perform to the best of our ability at the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and we will certainly be doing that – and although last year’s race was extremely exciting, we will be trying to make it even better!”

Australian GP: Statistics

Ducati at Phillip Island

- 348 Km/h is the highest speed that a MotoGP bike has reached at Phillip Island, a record achieved by Dovizioso in 2015.

- 4 is the number of Ducati’s consecutive victories at Phillip Island, between 2007 and 2010, and is the greatest number of times Ducati has won in a row.

- 3 is the number of Jorge Lorenzo’s victories at Phillip Island, 2 in 250cc (2006 and 2007), and one in MotoGP (2013). All of them starting from the pole position.

- One of Dovizioso’s wins was in Australia, in 2004. His best result in MotoGP is a third place in 2011 following Stoner.

- 27 practice sessions have been led by Dovizioso so far this season.

- 7 is the number of pole positions that the Ducati has racked up, making it the brand with the most poles this year. The outright record is 8 poles, which Stoner achieved in 2008.

- 7 is the number of podiums that Dovizioso has accumulated so far this season, one less than last year.

- 3 is the number of GPs that Lorenzo will miss due to his injury in Thailand, and is the first time Lorenzo won’t participate in 3 consecutive races. The previous time that Jorge missed races was because of an injury suffered in Australia in 2011, which prevented him from starting in that GP and the following one.

- 102 is the number of laps that Lorenzo has led in 2018 despite having missed the last two races.

- 1 is the number of victories that Álvaro Bautista has scored in Australia, in 2006 when he won the 125cc World Champion title.

- 1'27.899 is the lap record at Phillip Island which is in the hands of Jorge Lorenzo.


- 1989 is the year of the first Australian GP, ​​a race that was held at the Phillip Island circuit.

- 30 is the number of GPs held in Australia including this weekend’s. All races have been held at the Phillip Island track except for the years 1991 to 1996, when the GP was raced at Eastern Creek.

- At the 2006 Australian Grand Prix, the "flag-to-flag" rule was used for the first time, whereby riders entered the pit lane to change bikes. That race was won by the current Ducati SBK rider Marco Melandri.

- 12 is the number of corners at Phillip Island, with the curiosity being that riders only brake in 6 of them. It is the circuit in which the brakes are used the least in the entire Championship, for only 20 seconds per lap.

- Braking at the end of the finish line is the most critical of all, where speeds of 341 km/h are then decelerated to 189 km/h in just 3.3 seconds, over a distance of 231 meters.

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