MotoGP 2014 Phillip Island Race Result & Highlights

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The pole sitter for 2014 Phillip Island GP was youngest double World Champion Marc Marquez. Yamaha's Lorenzo and Factory Ducati rider Cal Crutchlow completed the first row. Multiple premier class Championship winner Valentino Rossi began the race from the third row in eighth position.

As always Marc Marquez did not take advantage of his pole position and dropped momentarily back, the only Achilles heel in his arsenal. Valentino Rossi had a blistering start and soon caught up with the front runners, however, was blocked for a few laps from several other riders.

Rossi soon decided to make a move as he noticed Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez disappearing up ahead. The Italian pushed hard and achieved the fastest lap one after another. He caught up with his Spanish teammate and they both traded places for second place.

Repsol Honda rider Marquez had a massive lead and was showcasing excellent pace. Rossi on the other hand was trying to shake off Lorenzo behind and a mistake from him gave him a breather. The Italian began to push harder and was closing the gap up ahead.

To everyone's surprise, Marc Marquez did something that he was not supposed to do, he crashed and could not rejoin the race. We expected him to ride without any pressure as he had wrapped up the title, however, it seems when a racing icon is piling pressure from behind the Spanish rider did crack.

For the first time in MotoGP every rider that crossed the finish line scored points. There were several riders that crashed out from the Australian GP. Dani Pedrosa had to retire early in the race due to a mistake by Pramac Ducati rider Andrea Iannone. Alexis Espargaro who was running strong in third place was hit from behind by Stefan Bradl.

Valentino Rossi marked his 250th MotoGP appearance and this was his second victory in 2014. This was the 82nd premier class win for the Italian rider aboard his Movistar Yamaha machinery. Jorge Lorenzo finished second, while Bradley Smith of Monster Tech3 Yamaha was third.

The 2014 Australian GP was dominated by Yamaha powered motorcycles and was a tough outing for Honda machinery. The next race is scheduled to be held in Sepang, Malaysia on 26th October, 2014. Stay tuned as the fight for second place in championship is alive and will go down the wire.

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Story first published: Monday, October 20, 2014, 9:21 [IST]
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