The story is always the same, so we're used to it by now. Just so we don't miss out on anything, Marc Marquez cleaned out Australia with his fifth consecutive success. The Spanish rider captured the entire scene, on a Sunday where Pecco Bagnaia reached his best result ever in the premier class, making Andrea Dovizioso look bad.
The rider from Forlì licked his wounds, as did Valentino Rossi, preceded by Andrea Iannone's Aprilia. Then there are those who picked up a yawning gap, over a minute long, like Jorge Lorenzo, last at the finish line.
This is what happened at Phillip Island, according to the careful eye of our Carlo Pernat.
"I think Marquez has identified his two enemies, namely Quartararo and Vinales. He competes with them on the track and with his head. Maverick's fall was caused by Marc playing cat and mouse then, when he passed him, Vinales didn't go for it and ended up falling. Marc's record performances aren't over, and I'm convinced that he'll also beat those related to the GPs won in a single season. Phillip Island was a second-line Sunday , like in Pramac's case with Miller's third place and Bagnaia's fourth. We rediscovered Pecco, who made the quality leap we expected. Instead, the official Ducati had a crisis. It wasn't Dovizioso's day. He didn't have that healthy dose of madness to battle it out for something important with Marquez. Petrucci fell, and it wasn't his first time in Australia. He feels Miller breathing down his neck and is aware that he's his rival. Then there's Aprilia. The tire test on Friday helped the riders mentally, so much so that Iannone had a great race, showing us the talent he still had in him. Apparently, things are less worse than it seems. What can we say about Lorenzo, last at one minute. Right now, they're playing each other. Jorge doesn't proffer words, and the same goes for Honda, since which ever of the two opens their mouth first will pay the price. At these levels, the Honda can't afford to have one of its bike come in last. Finally, there's Dalla Porta's title and two records. He brought the title back to the lowest displacement class and was the first Italian to win in Moto3. He won like a true champion, without settling for less."
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