Cal Crutchlow wins the 2016 Phillip Island GP. Valentino Rossi is second. Italian champion made a great comeback after starting from 15th place. The third step of the podium is for Maverick Vinales and his Suzuki ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. The new world champion Marc Marquez crashed on the 10th lap when he was leader of the race.
“With Marquez in the race, it was hard to win. However, the team still did a great job. We knew that I was competitive. I’m glad this happened. I’m afraid to keep the front wheel and to relive the race as two years ago. With a fall when I was leading.” So, Cal Crutchtlow is the first British to win the Australia GP. “I was ‘weak’ on certain curves throughout the race. But I kept pushing it even after Marc fell I held the same step. I pushed only when there was more sunshine.” added Cal. Cal Crutchlow Wins his second MotoGP race in 2016.
Cal Crutchlow wins his Second GP and Honda smiles Anyway
Honda smiles even despite the new world champion Marc Marquez withdrew. The LCR Honda Team won the second race of the season. After a second place in Germany, August 21, 2016, at the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, Cal Crutchlow won his first MotoGP race. The first victory of a British rider in this class. Also in Phillip Island, Cal is the first British rider to win the Australian GP. Now, in the “gunsight” of Cal Crutchlow there’s Stefan Bradl. In 2013, the German rider finished sixth in the overall standings with 156 points.
After winning in Australia, the British rider is sixth with 141 points and two races remaining. Malaysia and Valencia. More difficult than Cal can instead pass its current record of points in MotoGP, 188. That year he closed in front of Bradl with his Yamaha. But LCR rider has really surprised us in 2016, so everything is possible both in Malaysia and in Spain.
Valentino recognizes the Cal Crutchlow’s supremacy
Valentino Rossi ran a great race in Australia. However, the Italian driver recognizes the Cal Crutchlow’s supremacy. “It was impossible to reach Cal. When I woke up and just looked out the window I was happy.” said Valentino after the 2016 Australian GP. “The warm up has given me a lot of confidence and I could get on the podium. My first ten laps were really good. When I got to Cal, my goal, I saw that he was too fast.”
“The second half of the race was more complicated. This is what I needed after the race at Motegi and Saturday of qualifications, hard, the more frustrating day of the season. I’m glad I recovered points on Lorenzo, but I must do two good races. It will be a difficult test at Sepang. So, we are strong enough and the goal is the podium.” concluded Rossi.