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Mamola column: Lorenzo badly needs to overcome fears

In his latest column, ex-500cc star Randy Mamola talks about the version of Jorge Lorenzo he saw at Phillip Island - a "different rider", fearful and off the pace.

Australian MotoGP:'s rider ratings

It may not quite have been last year's thriller, but Phillip Island still threw up another eventful MotoGP race on Sunday - with a winner few would have expected. Jamie Klein assesses the field.

Opinion: Shifting Phillip Island's MotoGP date makes no sense

Amid last weekend's terrible weather at Phillip Island, there were calls by some to have the date of the Australian MotoGP race moved to March. Andrew van Leeuwen explains why that would be a bad idea.

Smith surprised himself with “awesome” charge to eighth

Bradley Smith says he is surprised at the way he was able to come through the field to finish eighth in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix, only his second race back from injury.

Vinales will "give it everything” to beat Lorenzo in points

Maverick Vinales will "give it everything” to beat Jorge Lorenzo to finish third in the MotoGP points standings after taking another podium finish at Phillip Island.

Lorenzo: “From the beginning, I didn’t have grip”

Jorge Lorenzo has put his subdued showing in the Australian Grand Prix down to a chronic lack of rear grip, as the outgoing MotoGP champion struggled for pace around Phillip Island.

Hayden won’t ‘give Miller a kiss’ after Phillip Island clash

Nicky Hayden admits he has no interest in giving Jack Miller a smooch following their run-in in the closing stages of the Australian Grand Prix, despite Miller apologising after the race.

Marquez admits over-confidence caused Phillip Island crash

Marc Marquez admits that part of the reason for crashing out of the lead of the Australian Grand Prix was the extra confidence that came with winning his third MotoGP title.

Rossi knew podium chance was on after warm-up

Valentino Rossi says he knew he would have a good chance of a podium finish in the Australian Grand Prix after morning warm-up, despite having to start 15th.

Crutchlow: I was “terrified” about crashing out like Marquez

Cal Crutchlow has admitted he was “terrified” about crashing out of the lead of the Australian Grand Prix once he had inherited the top spot from Marc Marquez sliding off his bike.

Australian MotoGP: Crutchlow beats Rossi as Marquez crashes out

Cal Crutchlow secured a second MotoGP win for LCR Honda, after early leader Marc Marquez crashed out of a comfortable lead, 10 laps in.

Marquez expects Yamaha riders to recover in race

Marc Marquez says he expects Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi to make an impact in the Australian Grand Prix despite qualifying 12th and 15th respectively for the Phillip Island race.

Lorenzo admits: "I was lucky to even make Q2" at Phillip Island

Jorge Lorenzo says he was lucky to make Q2 after a poor showing on a drying Phillip Island track that saw the outgoing MotoGP champion qualify 12th.

Rossi reflects on qualifying disaster: “I had no feeling”

Valentino Rossi has blamed a lack of feeling in his front tyre on a wet-but-drying track for his uncompetitive showing in Phillip Island qualifying, his worst Saturday performance in five years.

Miller “kicking himself” for missing Phillip Island front row

Jack Miller admits that he’s “kicking himself” after missing out on a front row qualifying spot at his home Grand Prix, blaming a combination of the wrong tyre choice and a mistake on his last lap.

Crutchlow: I could have challenged Marquez with slick front

Cal Crutchlow has lamented his tyre choice during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, saying he feels he could have challenged poleman Marc Marquez with a slick front tyre.

Australian MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after qualifying

Marc Marquez delivered another good performance in this afternoon’s qualifying session at Phillip Island, taking his 37th pole in MotoGP and the 65th in his career.

Australian MotoGP: Marquez takes pole, Rossi slumps to 15th

Marc Marquez dominated qualifying at Phillip Island, while Valentino Rossi slumped to his worst starting position in five years.

Australian MotoGP: Marquez fastest, big names dumped into Q1

Marc Marquez topped a wet/dry third practice session at Phillip Island, while Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, and Maverick Vinales all missed out on an automatic Q2 berth.

Crutchlow says Michelin supersoft wet tyre “a waste of time”

Cal Crutchlow has slammed Michelin for allocating a tyre that it will only allow riders to complete 10 laps on for this weekend’s Phillip Island MotoGP race.

Rossi: Rules misinterpretation to blame for cancelled times

Valentino Rossi has explained that a misinterpretation of the rules surrounding maximum stint length on the supersoft wet tyre was to blame for his laptimes being cancelled in first practice.

Third MotoGP practice at Phillip Island to be extended

MotoGP organisers have extended Saturday morning’s third practice session at Phillip Island after Friday’s running was compromised by poor weather.

Australian MotoGP: Rain cuts second practice short

MotoGP running has been cut short for the day at Phillip Island, wet weather causing the second practice session to be red-flagged and then cancelled.

Rossi demoted to 20th after losing FP1 times

Valentino Rossi has been demoted to 20th in this morning's opening MotoGP practice session at Phillip Island after having a run of 11 laps deleted.

Australian MotoGP: Crutchlow tops wet opening practice

Cal Crutchlow edged out Valentino Rossi in a sopping wet opening practice session at Phillip Island.

Champion Marquez guns for repeat win at "special" Phillip Island

Re-crowned MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is targeting a repeat of his 2015 Australian Grand Prix victory this weekend at Phillip Island to celebrate his third title in style.

Miller would have been “natural call” to replace Pedrosa – Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow says he believes home hero Jack Miller would have been the “natural call” to replace the injured Dani Pedrosa for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

Hayden "couldn’t say no" to Repsol Honda return chance

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has revealed he “couldn’t say no” to the offer of replacing the injured Dani Pedrosa for this weekend’s Phillip Island race.

Yamaha riders express tyre fears for Phillip Island

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo arrive at Phillip Island for this weekend's MotoGP race uncertain about the performance of the Michelin tyres, following several crashes in last winter's test.

MotoGP teams to test dashboard messages in Australia

MotoGP teams will test this weekend at Phillip Island a messaging system with which riders will be informed of certain parameters on a dashboard.

Miller “didn’t think” about works Honda call-up

Jack Miller says he never really considered stepping onto the works Repsol Honda bike as a replacement for Dani Pedrosa at his home Grand Prix in Australia this weekend.

Can Phillip Island reproduce one of MotoGP’s all-time greats?

The riders themselves hailed last year’s 2015 Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix race as one of the best in recent memory – with 52 overtakes among the top four riders and 13 lead changes.

Hayden replaces Pedrosa at Phillip Island

Nicky Hayden will replace Dani Pedrosa in this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, returning to the Repsol Honda team with which he won the MotoGP title in 2006.

Barbera to stand in for Iannone again in Australia

Hector Barbera will get a second race with the Ducati factory team as he compete in place of the injured Andrea Iannone at Phillip Island.