28 Oct Marquez forced to retire from the Australian Grand Prix, Pedrosa crashes out of the race
The Australian Grand Prix ended on lap 6 for Marc Marquez and on lap 14 for Dani Pedrosa. It was a DNF for the Repsol Honda Team, for the first time since the 2017 Argentine Grand Prix.
The 2018 World Champion was forced to retire after his bike was damaged during contact with Johan Zarco: the Frenchman unexpectedly struck the tail of Marquez’s bike while braking into the fast turn one at the end of the main straight and crashed out, luckily without consequences. Marc was able to keep control of his shaking machine and avoided a crash himself, but he couldn’t continue his podium quest and entered the pit.
Dani, who had never been at ease at the Australian track over the weekend, was in 14th place when a crash at turn 4 put an early end to his race.
The Repsol Honda Team will now move on to Malaysia for the third and final consecutive flyaway race before returning to Europe for the season finale in Valencia.