This adds to the Irwin family's weekend celebrations, as Crutchlow's wife Lucy is a cousin of both Glenn and Andrew Irwin, who took five wins between them on Saturday at the Sunflower Trophy. Viñales had an equally exciting race as he made his way from 13th at the start to take a hard-fought final podium place, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) fourth, giving a quartet of different manufacturers in the top-four.
"I'm really excited.it's incredible to get a championship point at my home grand prix", Jones said.
"I was quite scared with that but had to keep on pushing to keep the heat in the front tyre, I had to carry on trying to maintain the pace".
"I was confident I could have won with Marc in the race and we now look forward to the last two races".
There were no miracle starts for those frontrunners starting further back for the Australian GP, with Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) getting the best from P12 to move up to P9, and teammate Valentino Rossi gaining two places to P13 - with Maverick Viñales moving up only one.
"I didn't want to make the same mistake".
As the bad weather which had plagued Friday and Saturday cleared ahead of today's race action, it was a much happier looking Italian who hit the track in morning warm up, finishing second quickest behind Marquez. In quite a freaky sounding strategy that actually makes ideal sense, Crutchlow said that on the laps when the sun was shining he didn't push as hard, but when the sun disappeared behind the clouds he upped his pace to maintain the heat in the tyre.
Spaniard Marc Marquez crashes on the 10th lap
The nine-time world champion has eight wins at Phillip Island. "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", Crutchlow said.
Nicky Hayden was the man in ninth, with the "Kentucky Kid" taking over for the weekend on the second Repsol Honda machine. When I went in the box this morning and saw my number on the bike it was nearly emotional for me - I'm very proud to have won with the Repsol Honda team.
Crutchlow continued to extend his advantage and a mistake by Rossi at Turn 4 two laps later meant it became a seemingly-unassailable 5.589s.
Crutchlow showed promise since, and qualified second for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island-the second in three back-to-back races that includes Motegi last weekend and Sepang this coming weekend.
Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing Team) was fourth fastest as the Misano victor got back up towards the top of the timesheets, with Zarco's key Championship rival Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP40) in fifth - having won from pole in 2015, more than 6 seconds clear as a rookie and looking to repeat the feat.
Scott Redding and Bradley Smith finished seventh and eighth respectively, while Hector Barbera crashed just before the last 3 laps.
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The National Transportation Safety Board said it will investigate the crash and is sending an investigative team to the site. Lee Rice of Eisenhower Medical Center says the Rancho Mirage hospital received 11 adult patients, all with minor injuries.