Phillip Island finally puts an end to the Yamaha curse, the M1 returning to the top step of the rostrum after 25 races. All thanks to Maverick Vinales, the undisputed star in Australia. A Sunday of two sides for the Iwata manufacturer, because the Spaniard's success contrasted with Valentino Rossi's sixth place finish, the Italian playing only a supporting role in the show.
Aside from Vinales, Alvaro Bautista proved to be another surprise in Australia. Hands up those who would have bet on the Spaniard's fourth-place finish behind Doviziso on his debut GP18 ride. Probably no one.
This is what went down at the recent Phillip Island round in the words of our very own Carlo Pernat.
“If we analyse the standings, we see that the top two have seven zeros this year, a lot I think. It's a big number and I think something needs to be done to remedy it. Twenty years ago, they talked about not counting two results out of the 13-14 races, now that we have almost twenty races we might start to do something similar. Introducing something like that would give a rider who makes a mistake or a bike that suffers a problem a little breathing space. In the end, whether you like it or not, the best will always win, despite setbacks. Following this logic, perhaps Rossi would have a few more points, considering his consistency. Speaking of Valentino, we can say that the Yamaha has taken a step forward, despite the engine issues. Vinales won at a track like Phillip Island, where you have to risk a lot, while Vale is beginning to feel the weight of his age. Perhaps, unconsciously, at almost 40, you begin to think more before entering a corner like those of Phillip Island at almost 300 km/h. In this respect, Rossi is beginning to suffer, despite his physical and mental qualities. Meanwhile I am shocked to see Iannone leaving Suzuki. It makes you think when a rider like him, capable of putting on such a show, is not part of a competitive team in 2019. Then in Ducati we saw Bautista dueling with Dovi. Perhaps, and I'm only joking, Bautista could become part of the factory team and Danilo Petrucci could head to Superbike. Lastly, let's get behind Bagnaia and Bezzecchi. Thanks to VR46, Gresini and the Italian Federation, the future of motorcycling is Italian”.
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