Valentino Rossi won the Australia Grand Prix for a sixth time on Sunday and first in nine years.
When he grabbed his 5th victory in a row at Phillip Island, in 2005, Valentino Rossi would have found it hard to imagine it would take him nine years to win again in Australia.
The Italian started eighth on the grid but took full advantage when Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Iannonne retired on lap one.
Rossi was fighting for second with Jorge Lorenzo when he found himself leading almost by accident when recently crowned world champion Marc Márquez – who started from pole and had looked on course for victory – slid off on lap 18 whilst leading.
After overtaking Lorenzo, Britain’s Cal Crutchlow was set to equal his best result in MotoGP in second but he crashed out on the final lap.
Rossi meanwhile went on to win his 250th grand prix in the elite class with Lorenzo second and Briton Bradley Smith third for his first ever podium finish.
The MotoGP returns next weekend with the Malaysian Grand Prix.