Cal Crutchlow became the first ever British winner of the Australian Grand Prix with a dominant victory at Phillip Island over Valentino Rossi.
The LCR Honda rider was left clear in front when race leader and world champion Marc Marquez slid out of the race at Honda corner and Crutchlow never put a foot wrong as he closed out his second ever premier class triumph.
Crutchlow, who won a MotoGP race for the first time earlier this season at Brno, pulled away from Movistar Yamaha rider Rossi in second place and won by more than four seconds at the finish.
Rossi, who started from 15th place on the grid, scythed through the field to clinch an excellent runner-up finish as the Doctor increased his advantage to 24 points over team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in the standings in their battle for second position.
The 37-year-old was joined on the rostrum by Maverick Vinales, who put Suzuki back on the premier class podium at Phillip Island for the first time since Chris Vermeulen in 2006. Vinales also had to battle his way through the pack after qualifying in 13th on the GSX-RR.
Honda's Crutchlow, 30, is the first Briton since Barry Sheene in 1979 to win more than once race in a season.
"People think you can only ride in the rain when you win in it," Crutchlow said. "So it's nice to win in the dry."
Awesome to see Cal Crutchlow on the podium yet again this season, soem world class racing right there with Valentino Rossi. It must have been an amazing feeling for Cal to show he can also win in the dry. Certainly a race for Crutchlow fans to be proud of! Make sure you celebrate this week with his range here at All Stars Direct! Support Crutchlow for the last 2 races of the season (Malaysia and Valencia) with a new t-shirt, hoodie, cap or even some simple accessories.
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