Here is 7 interesting Moto2 stats you may not know, relevant for the big race today
- Thomas Lüthi, who starts from pole for the third time in 2016, will be aiming for back-to-back victories for the first time in his grand prix career. Lüthi has not won a race from pole position since the Malaysian GP in 2011.
- Mattia Pasini has qualified in second place on the grid, which is his first front row start since the 250cc race at Misano in 2009 when he was fourth fastest qualifier at a time when four riders lined up on each row of the grid; he went on to finish second in this race – his last grand prix podium finish.
- Sam Lowes, who finished second last year in Australia, starts from third place on the grid – his ninth front row start of the year.
- Heading the second row is Sandro Cortese, which is his best qualifying result since the Spanish grand prix. Cortese has twice had GP wins at Phillip Island; the 125cc race in 2011 and Moto3 in 2012.
- Jesko Raffin starts the race from fifth place on the grid, a great improvement on his previous best starting position which was 18th place on the grid at Silverstone this year.
- Championship leader Johann Zarco, who starts the race from 10th place on the grid, has had two crashes and a seventh place finish in the last three years at Phillip Island.
- Championship challenger and last year’s Moto2 winner in Australia, Alex Rins, has qualified down in 16th place on the grid.
Statistics compiled by Dr. Martin Raines