Casey Stoner has won his fourth Australian Grand Prix in-a-row, leading every moment of the race at Phillip Island today.
The Ducati rider held the lead right from the start, edging out Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo into turn one and building on his lead, eventually finishing with a 8.6 second lead.
Stoner’s win had moved him from fourth to third in the world title. He now sits 23 points behind Dani Pedrosa,
Stoner’s victory puts him second on the all-time list of wins at the Australian Grand Prix, just one behind Valentino Rossi.
Lorenzo took a lonely second place ahead of Rossi who enjoyed a splendid late dice with Nicky Hayden. Rossi finished the first lap in eighth place but chipped his way through to be third. Hayden got back past the Italian, only for Rossi to make an aggressive move stick at Honda Corner on the last lap, holding out the Texan.
It was a great late dice, and the best thing is that the pair will be team-mates next year at Ducati …
Fifth place went to Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) from an impressive Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).
Rounding out the top 10 was Aleix Espargaro (Pramac), Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda).
It was a disastrous day for the factory Repsol Honda team. Pedrosa pulled out of the event early while he continues to recover from a broken collarbone, while Andrea Dovisioso was out early with a mechanical drama.
|1||27||Casey STONER||AUS||Ducati Team||Ducati||41’09.128|
|2||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Fiat Yamaha Team||Yamaha||+8.598|
|3||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Fiat Yamaha Team||Yamaha||+17.997|
|4||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||+18.035|
|5||11||Ben SPIES||USA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+22.211|
|6||58||Marco SIMONCELLI||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||+25.017|
|7||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+35.168|
|8||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||+46.194|
|9||33||Marco MELANDRI||ITA||San Carlo Honda Gresini||Honda||+46.294|
|10||14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||+59.635|
|11||36||Mika KALLIO||FIN||Pramac Racing Team||Ducati||+59.664|
|12||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||Rizla Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||+59.732|
|13||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||JPN||Interwetten Honda MotoGP||Honda||+1’05.029|
|14||40||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Paginas Amarillas Aspar||Ducati||+1’05.053|
|4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||24 Laps|