In my first ever visit to Phillip Island, (in fact, my first ever visit to Australia), I have seen and felt some of the most extreme racing emotions of my life! From the incredible layout of the track, the stunning location of our hotel to breathtaking racing in all 3 Grand Prix classes, this has been an event to savour and then remember forever.
Valentino Rossi continues to live up to a script that would be unbelievable if it had been written for a film. At 35 years old, in his 250th Grand Prix in the premier class, he wins for the first time at Phillip Island in ten years! The Moto3 and Moto2 events were great races, hard to follow you might think in terms of excitement, but the drama of MotoGP was just on another scale!
In qualifying, Bitain's Cal Crutchlow had put his unfavoured Ducati on the front row, compatriot Bradley Smith would start from row 2 while factory Yamaha man Rossi was back on row 3. But in an incredibly dramatic 27 lap race it was Rossi who came through to win after World Champion Marc Marquez crashed out of the lead. Britain's Cal Crutchlow had caught and passed a tyred out Jorge Lorenzo before cruelly crashing out of second place on the last lap. Which left a surprised Smith to take an emotional first MotoGP podium! You couldn't make it up.
Now we move to the searing heat and humidity of Sepang for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Can it really get any better?!