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Island racing ignites fans

FANS roared off Phillip Island and back through San Remo, Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Leongatha and Mirboo North and South Gippsland late Sunday afternoon and Monday morning after a thrilling weekend of racing at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix that saw British Honda rider Cal Crutchlow the winner from Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales and Aussie Jack Miller,21, finishing in tenth.
A large contingent of Newhaven College students braved the wintery weather last Friday and enjoyed the free community day at the Phillip Island circuit. They collected loads of great handouts and some even scored autographs from MotoGP rider Rossi.
While the weather was cold, wet and windy for the first two days of racing the sun shone for the main event on Sunday and fans were rewarded with some spine tingling racing, laced with some high drama with accidents in all three races. In the main event race favourite and 2016 world champion Marc Marquez crashed out after nine laps.
Crowd favourite Rossi, 37, gave the crowds plenty to cheer about when he charged through the field and finished second after starting at 15th on the grid.
In the Moto2™ Thomas Lüthi (SWI) was first with Franco Morbidelli (ITA) second and Sandro Cortese (GER) third and in the Moto3™ Brad Binder (RSA) was first, Andrea Locatelli (ITA) second and Aron Canet (SPA) HONDA third.

Podium trio: British Honda rider Cal Crutchlow (centre) celebrates his win in the Australian MotoGP on Phillip Island on Sunday with second placed Valentino Rossi (left) and third, Maverick Viñales.

Podium trio: British Honda rider Cal Crutchlow (centre) celebrates his win in the Australian MotoGP on Phillip Island on Sunday with second placed Valentino Rossi (left) and third, Maverick Viñales.

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