2014 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Crashes Galore, Shock Results

Full Recap and Results Below.

Valentino Rossi has taken victory following a tumultuous Australian MotoGP race at Phillip Island; starting his 250th premier class race Rossi was handed the lead by Marc Marquez after the Spaniard crashed out of a four second advantage with nine laps remaining, the Spaniard lost the front under heavy braking into MG corner and was unable to rejoin the race. The race was extremely high in attrition as only 14 of the 23 race starters finished. Jorge Lorenzo eventually claimed second place, a distant 10 seconds behind Rossi after struggling with his choice of super-soft front tyre.

Bradley Smith claimed his best ever MotoGP result and the final podium place keeping his Yamaha upright while others crashed around him. Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso finished in fourth place two seconds behind Smith while Hector Barbera took an unlikely fifth spot a further fifteen seconds back. Barbera came out on top of a fierce battle with Alvaro Bautista, his team mate Scott Redding, Hiroshi Aoyama, Alex DeAngelis and Nicky Hayden who completed the top ten at the rear of the group. 

The story of the race however was the incredible number of retirements; Pol Espargaro crashed out of the race while running in fourth place ahead of his team mate Smith. The most unfortunate of the retirees however was Cal Crutchlow who crashed while running in a comfortable second place on the final lap, having chased down and passed Jorge Lorenzo a few laps earlier. Conditions were cool and cloudy and the temperature had dropped to 16 degrees; it's lowest of the weekend to date which clearly had a marked effect on tyre performance.

Karel Abraham crashed very early and Andrea Iannone went down shortly after, careering into the back of Dani Pedrosa at turn four who was lucky to not also be brought down, Pedrosa would later have to retire due to damage to his Honda. Stefan Bradl went down with eight laps to go, leaving his braking too late into turn four and hitting the rear of Aleix Espargaro in similar fashion to Iannone and Pedrosa earlier. Espargaro would also be forced to retire moments later due to incurred damage.

The victory cements Rossi's second place position in the Championship standings while Jorge Lorenzo moves into third place due to Dani Pedrosa's DNF.


Pos. Points Num. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 25 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 40'46.405
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 10.836
3 16 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 12.294
4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 14.893
5 11 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 30.089
6 10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 30.154
7 9 45 Scott REDDING Honda 30.158
8 8 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 33.166
9 7 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha 33.577
10 6 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 34.144
11 5 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 39.468
12 4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 56.684
13 3 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM +1'12.813
14 2 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia +1'28.050
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    35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 1 Lap
    44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 3 Laps
    41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 7 Laps
    6 Stefan BRADL Honda 8 Laps
    93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 10 Laps
    23 Broc PARKES PBM 14 Laps
    26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 21 Laps
    29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 22 Laps
    17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 23 Laps


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I was so impressed by Crutchlow. And so distraught on that last lap. But still, I think he was the story of the race, other than everyone on the asymmetric front eating shit. Let's see what the Bridgestone press release has to say about that this week.

I've never liked Bridgestone Tires. Of course the tires I use are different from the tires on a MotoGP bike, but I believe Michelin has expertise relative to rubber compounding that Bridgestone cannot match, based on my experience in cars and on bikes in racing and street use.

It was a real shame to see Crutchlow crash. Also, it would have been nice to see Rossi try to close in on Marquez, and we were robbed of that when Marquez crashed. Clearly the tires betrayed many riders, and there is simply no excuse for such poor tires at this level of racing, where lives of the best in the world are at risk when poor quality equipment is used.

It was nice to see Rossi smile on the podium. Though Rossi is a great actor,
I am pretty sure his smile was 100% genuine today. And Bradley Smith choking up during an interview shows how much these guys care. Whatever any of them are paid, they deserve all of it and more.

Unbiased viewpoint? Or vested interest? Of course what you use on a road bike is different than a MotoGP tyre. Of course different tyres in a manufactures product range perform with greater or less success against competitors products. But to suggest that it is somehow in a brands "DNA" to make exclusively crap tyres is plain stupid.

To move away from the province of opinion into an area of historic fact Michelin dominated 500cc/MotoGP racing for a long period. That domination was broken by Bridgestone comprehensively humiliating Michelin in a no holds barred tyre war. That demonstration of expertise, both in compounding & construction, was quite emphatic. Its equally obvious that todays tyres reflect fiscal & engineering conservatism that effects performance, but that is a function of the one tyre rule rather than the nature of a particular manufacturer. In the world of the single tyre supplier nobody lauds the successes but everybody remembers the failures.

"Unbiased viewpoint? Or vested interest?"

I have zero vested interest.

We all have bias. It is part of being human. My personal bias is based on my own experience of having ridden and raced bikes for over 40 years.

I have no affiliation with Michelin, or with ANY tire reseller, or in the car or
motorcycle industry. I pay out of my own pocket for the stuff I use and I like what I like based on my own four decades of riding experience on both roads and tracks.

Your argument which uses a brief period of past Bridgestone superiority as an example does not mitigate the problems with Bridgestone tires this weekend. Sure, Bridgestone did well in the past, but this weekend, Bridgestone screwed up, and I'd bet that those who are actually responsible at Bridgestone would admit this is true behind closed doors even if they won't do so in public for fear of losing their jobs. Michelin has made mistakes in the past as well ( F1 at Indy is a glaring example ) but my experience has been that Michelin "gets it right" more often than any other tire company. I believe an overview of all motorsport results during the past 30 years will support the preceding statement in a quite conclusive manner.

If you request an unbiased perspective from someone else, you should hold yourself to the same standards.

In 2007, the GPC banned the source of Michelin's dominance--overnight specials. Some people argued that Michelin's advantage was inherently unfair, since Michelin is based in Europe, where most MotoGP rounds occur. In 2007, Bridgestone acquired Casey Stoner. Stoner was lightning on the GP7, but he was also beating up on Hondas and Yamahas with spring-valve engines, which made the tire performance gap appear much larger than it was. Bridgestone were still experimenting with the Stoner-spec tires, and they got it wrong several times during the season, like Mugello and Sachesenring. In 2008, Rossi switched to Bridgestone, and the Rossi-Stoner tandem competed against Pedrosa/Hayden on spring-valve Hondas, rookie-Lorenzo on a pneumatic Yam and two-spring valve Tech3's, which further exaggerated the performance gap between Michelin and Bridgestone. Also remember that Lorenzo was badly injured at Catalunya and Pedrosa threw himself into the airbags at Sachsenring, which snapped his collarbone. Then Pedrosa switched to Bridgestone.

During the 2007 season and the first half of 2008, Michelin were still dedicated to building the best qualifier. If you only watched on Saturday, you would have thought Bridgestone was deadwood because Michelin took 12/18 poles in 2007 and the first 5 poles of 2008. Also, the primary humiliation Michelin suffered during the 2006-2007 seasons was actually political fallout with their star rider, whose setup preference was known to chunk Michelin's fuel-optimized tire designs. Then he divorced Michelin acrimoniously going into the 2008 season.

The MSMA changed the fuel regulations in 2006. The fuel regulations destabilized the tire war by leading to new tire regulations. Michelin and Bridgestone were caught up in a political/technological scuffle, and the one with the nicest financial statements won. Predictable, really.

The moral of the story has nothing to do with Bridgestone or Michelin. The moral of the story is that clumsy fuel regulations have dire consequences.

The one area where bridgestone totally destroyed michelin in 2007/2008 was in wet weather performance in drying conditions. Plenty of races I remember seeing the Michelins totally destroyed, whilst the Bridgestones held up. Laguna Seca springs to mind...

Single make tyres benefits nobody really. Bridgestone has to supply a heap of tyres, the teams get what they're given and have no alternatives, and as far as R&D goes for the rest of us, there is no competition.

Wish Marquez would have stayed up right because Rossi looked to be reeling him in and a late race fight between them becoming very possible. Oh well. He over rode the RC213v into the litter yet again. 3 crashes out of the last 4 races is overconfidence. Misano crashing out trying to catch Rossi then a bad decision in the rain pushing too hard too long now this. He needs to back it off some and bring the bike home. He at least was smart enough to do this now rather than earlier in the season. But then again Yamaha have closed the gap to Honda so HRC doesn't have the advantage they had in the early part of the season. 3 crashes from 4 races, is very rookie-ish. Enjoy the '14 trophy because Yamaha is beating you every race right now. VR and JL taking the last 4. Things are a little different when the bikes are evened up.

Hello Brick Top,
regarding Marquez crash, I think you missed one feature of the race : there IS a problem with this front tire! They all had the same crash, Lorenzo (FP) Espargaro, Crutchlow...
Marquez said after the race (and you can verify that in the lap times) that he understood the gap was big enough and he started to take it easy (backed off two-three tenths in the last three laps).
He wasn't over riding at all.

Everyone who went down was on the harder compound, tipping onto the right-hand side. It's well established that the right side of the tyre cools down far more on this track because there are only 3 right handers. It was mentioned that the tyres were made with an extra heat resistant layer because of the drama of last year. This was all talked about before the race had even started. It got a lot cooler during the race, which exacerbated the problem for the harder compound runners. To me, it seems as simple as the tyres cooling down past their comfort zone, similar to the explanation given as to why Marquez and Pedrosa fell in the rain. Everything felt good, but as tyre temps dropped, all of a sudden, next braking zone/corner, no grip at all. Seems like the same thing happened here.

do the race justice. Sure Rossi was 10 seconds in front by the end, btu taht was an exciting race overall. Drama, some battles... that pile of Dovi, Pol, Aleix, Smith, and Bradl was like a moto2 race in sections. Shame Bradl had to torpedo aleix again. and poor ol' Pedrosa has been shafted a few too many times in his career - surely karma has paid him back for Hayden already?

Crutchlow was completely dumbfounded after that. some identical style crashes - cal and pol and marc... Iannone and Bradl. But shit... last lap and go down on that corner...Second.. on a gddm GP14 Ducati.

Vale was on it during the race. Whatever his qualification, whatever his times during practice, he always seems to bring something extra to the race. As for Lorenzo... I think Matthew Brit said it best on twitter "Lorenzo in parc ferme looked like somebody who has been sentenced to 100 kicks in the nuts in half an hour. Not happy"

After a long days work I stopped by a Mexican restaurant on the way home about 10pm. Unbelievably the Motogp race was just starting. Don't touch that channel! I yelled and promptly ordered 2 beers and enough food to kill 10 people.

The bar keep, looking up at the tv now and then, said he watches nascar and noted how many crashes there was during this race. Man. How many people finished? Like five? He added.

I left more than satisfied with my meal and the show, even though I watched the race without sound. A perfect end to my work week.

Well at least they lasted the distance this year, but evidently there's still a lot of work to do for the Phillip Island track as There were way more crashes this year than there were last year even with the Bridgestones falling apart in 2013. Bridgestone must be counting the days til Michelin take over at this rate!

As David pointed out though the track is very hard to build a tyre for because it's effectively two tracks depending on the track temperature. This year I'd been sweating all weekend at turn 12 and then sure enough an hour before the race starts a cool change swept through and dropped the track temp drastically.. It was bloody cold.

Tyres or track condition, they all had the same rubber and the same road to use them on. Some managed better than others. Simple really.

The only thing that I noticed at turn 4, is that those that went closer than 4/6 inches to the white line, seemed to be those that went down... or did I just imagine that:-)

Now, the Moto3 race was a "proper race"

Not entirely true. The riders had a choice of three different fronts for the race, one more than usual. Also unusually all three options were used by different riders in the race.

They all made their own choice though.

Had we been back in the days where tyres were bespoke, would the result have been much different?

The temperature dropped and if that had been before race start, some may have opted for the softest possible. Didn't do Lorenzo any favours, but he hung on in there.
He did have a face like a smacked arse though:-)

shame about the tars :-( coulda shoulda woulda don't count, go see cal, go see cal, go see cal
am i the only one that feels nick harris needs to go ? what a blithering, blubbering, babbling, confused clown he has become......... sadly, he ruins the broadcast now

I did email MotoGP.com about the rubbish their commentators spouted. Their reply was "Thank you for your feedback. It will be taken into accout."

They didn't even bother to spell-check the reply. Ha!

Totally agree, your words, blithering,blubbering,babbling and a confused clown !!
I've thought this for some time, do we not deserve the best in the best sport on the tube ?
Patriotic pom no doubt, but even this is over the top. Can we not get a professional in this day and age?

A friend who has only a passing interest in GP watched the race with me... about halfway through the race he commented "You seem to know more about what is going on than the guys doing the commentating?".

And I don't have the benefit of a dozen separate camera views in my living room with two dedicated people to watch each and every view and alert the commentary team to anything they need to know about... which is exactly what Nick Harris and Gavin Emmett have at their disposal. What, do they ignore those other guys during the telecast?

A message to Nick Harris - a bike following another bike into a corner does not automatically equate to an attempted pass... and if you really want to know if someone is trying to pass when you're looking at a head-on camera view - just look at their shadows on the track. Dead giveaway to their relative positions.

Yes, you have done your bit for the sport, but it's time you moved on. Or at least tried to lift your game a bit.

It will take Michelin 2 years to get to the point where lap times are back to the bridgestone era. Riders will be howling with complaints in '16. The only thing that will help michelin save face? The simultaneous adoption of open software.

... given they'll be running 17 rims, of course there's going to be a performance drop.

When you hit the apex at the Southern Loop that's when you see him, hard on the power, setting up an epic slide through Turn 3. The salty veterans know that chasing Casey at PI is a fool's errand, but the young conquistador had his chivalry to defend. By MG, it was all over. Better than most, to stay so close behind, but

The Phantom of the Southern Loop is there, inside your mind

i sea, said the blindman, to his deaf wife, as he picked up the hammer and saw

how can cassie be a fantom if he is still above ground ??

Casey Stoner- Verified account

@ValeYellow46 has been impressive today, seemed to have pace that I think even @marcmarquez93 would have struggled with. Congrats!

What about the timing? If the temp drops dramatically maybe running the GP race at 4pm instead of the usual 2pm for European races isn't such a great idea after all.

Tire performance has improved by leaps and bounds IMHO. Yes Bridgestone missed the mark at Phillip island in 2013 and 2014, but the Philip Island circuit
is the hardest circuit on tires in the entire MotoGP series.
BUT ...There is a silver lining no one has mentioned as of yet.

Yes without the sheer excitement of races won and lost due to Billy Bob changing tires/fuel faster than Jimmy John, MotoGP might not steal away NASCAR fans but who wants to see MotoGP turn into a series of Daytona 200 races. Does anyone actually watch the Daytona 200 any more? lol