A look at the post race joy from MotoGP at Phillip Island


Leonard Smith was at Phillip Island for the MotoGP visit. Naturally after the races there is a lot of joy and he was there to see it


Marc Marquez – Winner, MotoGP

“Today’s race was amazing. It was a bit like a Moto3 race because it was a big fight until the end with lots of bikes involved. This was because the riders were saving the tyre, as most of them went with the soft option on the rear. All the guys that chose this option tried to manage because we knew it would be at the limit at the end of the race, but the Michelins managed well and then I gave as much as possible in the last five-laps and that was enough to open a gap. I felt really good all weekend and I led every session, just in FP2 I was second, but I am very happy because in wet, dry and cold conditions the tyres worked well and I felt good, so I am happy for the victory and because we increased our lead in the championship.

“Also for me the news that Michelin is carrying on for another five-years is very important for the riders and the teams and of course for Michelin. When you start in a new category with a lot of technology it takes time, but Michelin arrived so quick and at a good level. Now it is important that we have stable tyres and we always have more or less the same compounds and they are working very good. Also, the riders and manufacturers start to understand the tyres very well and now I believe we will be faster and faster.”


Miguel Oliveira – Winner Moto2

“I’m very happy; I just feel happiness. I could not be more grateful for this victory because when it started to rain I struggled a little. I already had a certain advantage and was aware that the distance I had from the pursuing riders had been reduced, which created a little stress.

As you can imagine, it has been the longest race of my life. I’m very happy with the team and with my first victory in the class, the first for KTM and hopefully not the last.”

Joan Mir – Winner, Moto3

It’s unbelievable … I’ve dreamt about this for a lot of years.”

“I’ve worked really hard for this and now to achieve it is amazing.

“I’m a world champion – it’s incredible to say.”



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By Leonard Smith,  October 2017

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