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By motogp.com

#StatAttack: Moto2™ at Phillip Island

Gearing up for the Australian GP with some stats and facts about the intermediate category

- Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) has had one podium finish at Phillip Island – third in the 125cc race in 2011, when he also started from pole position. He has crashed out of the Moto2™ race in Australia in both 2013 and 2014. Last year he finished seventh in Australia, just one week after clinching the Moto2™ title in Japan.

- Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) has finished on the podium at Phillip Island for the last three years: a win and a third place finish in the Moto3™ class in 2013 & 2014, and a race win in the Moto2™ class last year from pole position.

- Rins is the only rider currently competing in the Moto2 class who has won an intermediate-class grand prix at Phillip Island.

- Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) finished fifth two years ago in Australia – the best result of his rookie season in the Moto2™ class. Last year he finished second in Australia riding the Speed Up machine.

- Tom Luthi won the 125 race at Phillip Island, from pole position, on his way to taking the world title in 2005. He finished second in the Moto2™ race at Phillip Island in both 2013 and 2014. Last year he crashed out of second place at the MG corner on the 17th lap and re-started to finish 15th.

- Sandro Cortese (Dynvaolt Intact GP) has twice won at Phillip Island in the lightweight-class – in the 125 race in 2011 and in Moto3™ in 2012. Last year he crashed out of sixth place on the 15th lap, at the Honda hairpin.

- Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) set a new lap record on his way to finishing fourth in the Moto3™ race at Phillip Island in 2013. In 2014 he qualified on pole in Australia and finished the race second, but just 0.029 seconds behind race winner Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS). Last year he finished 9th at Phillip Island, from 18th place on the grid.

- In addition to Luthi, Cortese and Rins mentioned above, other riders who are currently competing in the Moto2™ class who have won in grand prix racing at Phillip Island are: Julian Simon (2009 – 125) and Miguel Oliveira (2015 – Moto3™).

- Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing) finished third last year in Australia. It was his first podium finish in grand prix racing and made him the second youngest Italian rider of all-time, after Marco Melandri, to finish on the podium in the intermediate-class of grand prix racing.

- Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) was battling for a podium finish last year in Australia when he had to retire from the race with just three laps to go with a deflated rear tyre.