Eugene Laverty 14th in Australian MotoGP as Cal Crutchlow clinches victory

Eugene Laverty
Eugene Laverty has a best finish of fourth in MotoGP this year

Eugene Laverty finished 14th in Sunday's Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island as British rider Carl Crutchlow took his second career win.

Laverty's performance earned him two more championship points as he remained in 12th place in the series.

He will quit MotoGP at the end of the season and return to World Superbikes, competing on an Aprilia machine.

Crutchlow became the first British rider to win the Australian Grand Prix as he held off Valentino Rossi.

Marc Marquez, who has already secured this year's championship, crashed out while holding a big lead on lap 10 which allowed Crutchlow to clinch his second win of the season after his triumph in the Czech Republic.

Crutchlow finished over four seconds ahead of Rossi with Spain's Maverick Vinales completing the podium positions.

"It's nice to win one in the wet and the dry because people only think you can ride in the rain when you win in it," said the Englishman.

MotoGP World Championship standings
1 Marc Marquez (Spain)Honda273 pts
2 Valentino Rossi (Italy)Yamaha216
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain)Yamaha 192
4 Maverick Vinales (Spain)Suzuki 181
5 Dani Pedrosa (Spain)Honda155
6 Cal Crutchlow (Great Britain)Honda141
7 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy)Ducati137
8 Pol Espargaro (Spain)Yamaha 117
9 Andrea Iannone (Italy)Ducati96
10 Hector Barbera (Spain)Ducati84
11 Aleix Espargaro (Spain)Suzuki 82
12 Eugene Laverty (Ireland)Ducati73

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