4 Maverick Viñales (Yamaha) 180
5 Cal Crutchlow (Honda) 148
6 Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 137
A fourth place finish or better will see Francescoc Bagnaia claim the Moto2 championship on Sunday regardless of where his nearest title rival Miguel Oliveira finishes. Last race apart where Bagnaia and Oliveira finished 12 and 11 respectively Italian Bagnaia has finished ahead of Oliveira in the previous five races, winning on four occasions. Season to date Bagnaia has eight victories to Oliveiras two.
Whatever the outcome of Sundays race Oliveira is guaranteed second place in the championship by virtue of having a 59-point advantage over Brad Binder in third. Binder in turn has a 41 point advantage over Lorenzo Baldassarri in fourth which should see him safe in third come the seasons end. Baldassarri meanwhile will probably looking over his shoulder rather than ahead to Binder with the Spanish pairing of Joan Mir and Alex Marquez only three and four points behind the Italian. other.
1 Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex) 288 points
2 Miguel Oliveira (KTM) 252
3 Brad Binder (KTM) 193
4 Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kalex) 152
5 Joan Mir (Kalex) 149
6 Alex Marquez (Kalex) 148
Jorge Martin continues to lead the Moto3 title race having a 12 point lead over Marco Bezzecchi. Fabio Di Giannantonio is third a further eight points behind. The one certainty is that the 2018 champion will one of these three riders. Though all three have had on retirement in the last two races it is Di Giannantonio who is slightly ahead on form having three podiums from the last four races. Who will eventually win out remains to be seen. The race , or more particularly the finish in Australia epitomised Moto3 with the first fourteen finishers all crossing the line within one second of each other.