Australian motorcycle Grand Prix

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Australian Grand Prix
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.svg
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
VenuePhillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (1989–1990, 1997–2019, 2021–present)
Eastern Creek (1991–1996)
First race1989
Most wins (rider)Valentino Rossi (8)
Most wins (manufacturer)Honda (39)
Eastern Creek Raceway, used from 1991 to 1996.

The Australian motorcycle Grand Prix is a motorcycling event that is part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. From 1997 to the present day, it is run at the scenic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit south of Melbourne, Victoria. Prior to 1997 the event was held at a number of different venues, most notably Eastern Creek west of Sydney New South Wales and Bathurst in central western New South Wales. The only rider to win the 'premier class' race at multiple venues is five-time World Champion Mick Doohan, Eastern Creek (1992, 1995) and Phillip Island (1998).

The 2020 race was cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19.[1]

Official names and sponsors[edit]

  • 1989: Swan Premium Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix[2]
  • 1990: Drink/Drive Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix[3]
  • 1991: Tooheys Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix[4]
  • 1992-1994: Foster's Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix[5][6][7]
  • 1995-1997, 2016: Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (no official sponsor)[8][9][10][11]
  • 1998-2001: Qantas Australian Grand Prix[12][13][14][15]
  • 2002-2003: SKYY vodka Australian Grand Prix[16][17]
  • 2004: Cinzano Australian Grand Prix[18]
  • 2005: Polini Australian Grand Prix[19]
  • 2006-2007: GMC Australian Grand Prix[20][21]
  • 2008: Australian Grand Prix (no official sponsor)[22]
  • 2009-2011: Iveco Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix[23][24][25]
  • 2012: AirAsia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix[26]
  • 2013-2014: Tissot Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix[27][28]
  • 2015: Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix[29]
  • 2017-2018: Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix[30]
  • 2019: Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix[31]
  • 2021: Red Bull Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Spectator attendance[edit]

2007: 50.425[32]

Winners of the Australian motorcycle Grand Prix[edit]

Most wins (riders)[edit]

# Wins Rider Wins
Category Years won
8 Italy Valentino Rossi MotoGP 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2014
500cc 2001
250cc 1998, 1999
6 Australia Casey Stoner MotoGP 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
4 Spain Marc Márquez MotoGP 2015, 2017, 2019
125cc 2010
3 Italy Loris Capirossi 500cc 1996
125cc 1990, 1991
Germany Ralf Waldmann 250cc 1995, 1997
125cc 1992
Australia Michael Doohan 500cc 1992, 1995, 1998
Italy Max Biaggi 500cc 2000
250cc 1994, 1996
Italy Marco Melandri MotoGP 2006
250cc 2002
125cc 1999
Spain Jorge Lorenzo MotoGP 2013
250cc 2006, 2007
South Africa Brad Binder Moto2 2018, 2019
Moto3 2016
2 Australia Wayne Gardner 500cc 1989, 1990
Italy Luca Cadalora 250cc 1991, 1992
United States John Kocinski 500cc 1994
250cc 1990
Spain Àlex Crivillé 500cc 1997
125cc 1989
Japan Masao Azuma 125cc 1998, 2000
Italy Marco Simoncelli 250cc 2008, 2009
San Marino Alex De Angelis Moto2 2010, 2011
Germany Sandro Cortese Moto3 2012
125cc 2011
Spain Pol Espargaró Moto2 2012, 2013
Spain Álex Rins Moto2 2015
Moto3 2013
Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Moto2 2016
125cc 2005
Portugal Miguel Oliveira Moto2 2017
Moto3 2015
Spain Maverick Viñales MotoGP 2018
Moto2 2014

Multiple winners (manufacturers)[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Wins
Category Years won
39 Japan Honda MotoGP 2002, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
500cc 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
250cc 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005
Moto3 2017, 2019
125cc 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005
13 Italy Aprilia 250cc 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007
125cc 1996, 1994, 2006, 2009, 2011
11 Japan Yamaha MotoGP 2004, 2005, 2013, 2014, 2018
500cc 1991, 1996, 2000
250cc 1990, 1993, 2000
9 Austria KTM Moto2 2017, 2018, 2019
Moto3 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
5 Germany Kalex Moto2 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
4 Italy Ducati MotoGP 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Spain Derbi 125cc 2001, 2007, 2008, 2010
3 Italy Gilera 250cc 2008, 2009
125cc 2002
2 Italy Motobi Moto2 2010, 2011

By year[edit]

Year Track Moto3 Moto2 MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2020 Phillip Island Cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns
2019 Phillip Island Italy Lorenzo Dalla Porta Honda South Africa Brad Binder KTM Spain Marc Márquez Honda Report
2018 Phillip Island Spain Albert Arenas KTM South Africa Brad Binder KTM Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha Report
2017 Phillip Island Spain Joan Mir Honda Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM Spain Marc Márquez Honda Report
2016 Phillip Island South Africa Brad Binder KTM Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Kalex United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda Report
2015 Phillip Island Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM Spain Álex Rins Kalex Spain Marc Márquez Honda Report
2014 Phillip Island Australia Jack Miller KTM Spain Maverick Viñales Kalex Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report
2013 Phillip Island Spain Álex Rins KTM Spain Pol Espargaró Kalex Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Report
2012 Phillip Island Germany Sandro Cortese KTM Spain Pol Espargaró Kalex Australia Casey Stoner Honda Report
Year Track 125cc Moto2 MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2011 Phillip Island Germany Sandro Cortese Aprilia San Marino Alex De Angelis Motobi Australia Casey Stoner Honda Report
2010 Phillip Island Spain Marc Márquez Derbi San Marino Alex De Angelis Motobi Australia Casey Stoner Ducati Report
Year Track 125cc 250cc MotoGP Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2009 Phillip Island Spain Julián Simón Aprilia Italy Marco Simoncelli Gilera Australia Casey Stoner Ducati Report
2008 Phillip Island France Mike di Meglio Derbi Italy Marco Simoncelli Gilera Australia Casey Stoner Ducati Report
2007 Phillip Island Czech Republic Lukáš Pešek Derbi Spain Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia Australia Casey Stoner Ducati Report
2006 Phillip Island Spain Álvaro Bautista Aprilia Spain Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia Italy Marco Melandri Honda Report
2005 Phillip Island Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Honda Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report
2004 Phillip Island Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda Argentina Sebastian Porto Aprilia Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha Report
2003 Phillip Island Italy Andrea Ballerini Honda Italy Roberto Rolfo Honda Italy Valentino Rossi Honda Report
2002 Phillip Island San Marino Manuel Poggiali Gilera Italy Marco Melandri Aprilia Italy Valentino Rossi Honda Report
Year Track 125cc 250cc 500cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
2001 Phillip Island Japan Youichi Ui Derbi Japan Daijiro Kato Honda Italy Valentino Rossi Honda Report
2000 Phillip Island Japan Masao Azuma Honda France Olivier Jacque Yamaha Italy Max Biaggi Yamaha Report
1999 Phillip Island Italy Marco Melandri Honda Italy Valentino Rossi Aprilia Japan Tadayuki Okada Honda Report
1998 Phillip Island Japan Masao Azuma Honda Italy Valentino Rossi Aprilia Australia Michael Doohan Honda Report
1997 Phillip Island Japan Noboru Ueda Honda Germany Ralf Waldmann Honda Spain Àlex Crivillé Honda Report
1996 Eastern Creek Australia Garry McCoy Aprilia Italy Max Biaggi Aprilia Italy Loris Capirossi Yamaha Report
1995 Eastern Creek Japan Haruchika Aoki Honda Germany Ralf Waldmann Honda Australia Michael Doohan Honda Report
1994 Eastern Creek Japan Kazuto Sakata Aprilia Italy Max Biaggi Aprilia United States John Kocinski Cagiva Report
1993 Eastern Creek Germany Dirk Raudies Honda Japan Tetsuya Harada Yamaha United States Kevin Schwantz Suzuki Report
1992 Eastern Creek Germany Ralf Waldmann Honda Italy Luca Cadalora Honda Australia Michael Doohan Honda Report
1991 Eastern Creek Italy Loris Capirossi Honda Italy Luca Cadalora Honda United States Wayne Rainey Yamaha Report
1990 Phillip Island Italy Loris Capirossi Honda United States John Kocinski Yamaha Australia Wayne Gardner Honda Report
Year Track 80cc 125cc 250cc 500cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1989 Phillip Island Spain Àlex Crivillé JJ Cobas Spain Sito Pons Honda Australia Wayne Gardner Honda Report
Year Track Rider Bike
1988 Bathurst Michael Doohan Yamaha FZR750
1987 Winton Kevin Magee Yamaha FZR750
1986 Bathurst Malcolm Campbell[33] Honda NR750
1983 Andrew Johnson Honda RS500
1976 Sandown Warren Willing Yamaha 750
1968 Bathurst Ron Toombs[34] Henderson Matchless G50
1967 Ron Toombs[34] Henderson Matchless G50
1966 Ron Toombs[34] Henderson Matchless G50
1957 Bandiana Jack Forrest BMW
1952 Bathurst Harry Hinton[35]
1946 Ron Kessing[36] Velocette 495
1940 Bat Byrnes[36] Norton
1937 Vale Stuart Williams[36] Velocette 495
1924 Goulburn Dave Brewster Indian Chief
1915 Yetholme James Mellor[37] Matchless
1914 Yetholme Edgar Meller[38] 2 3/4 TT Douglas

Riots at Bathurst[edit]

The Bathurst motorcycle race riots, or Easter Motorcycle riots were a series of disturbances between 1980 and 1985 involving motorsport spectators and the New South Wales Police Force Tactical Response Group during the Australian motorcycle Grand Prix.

Following the 1985 race meeting, the Bathurst Regional Council placed a total ban on spectators taking their own alcohol into events at the Mount Panorama Circuit. This ban has subsequently been revoked. The council also put a limit on the number of drinks spectators could purchase per day from the outlets at the track. This also had a flow on effect for the circuits other annual event, the Bathurst 1000 touring car race held on the October long weekend, though traditionally the Bathurst 1000 crowd was much better behaved.

See also[edit]

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