Stoner wins Island race and world title

Casey Stoner is the new world champion

Casey Stoner is the new world champion

Casey Stoner has won his second MotoGP world title after claiming victory at Phillip Island today.

The Honda rider, celebrating his 26th birthday today, survived a late heavy shower to take the win, giving him enough points to wrap up another title, adding to his success in 2007.

Stoner’s run to the title became easier this morning when his closest rival Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) lost the ring finger of his left hand in a warm-up crash. CLICK HERE for more on Lorenzo’s incident.

Stoner had the ideal race, leading off the start line and heading the field in every lap of the race.

It means that in five years at Phillip Island, Stoner has led every lap bar one.

Marco Simoncelli (Gresini Honda) finished a distant second, after a terrific late dice with Stoner’s factory Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

Rounding out the top 10 was Dani Pedrosa (Honda), Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha), Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing Team), Nicky Hayden (Ducati), Toni Elias (LCR Honda MotoGP), Loris Capirossi (Pramac Racing Team) and Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing).

The late rain saw a number of riders come unstuck, including Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista who was running comfortably in sixth place until he slipped off the road at Turn 12.

The final round of the world title heads to Malaysia next weekend.

See below for results of the Phillip Island MotoGP.

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 171.4 42’02.425
2 20 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 171.3 +2.210
3 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 171.2 +2.454
4 13 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 170.5 +13.160
5 11 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 169.3 +30.886
6 10 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 168.1 +48.800
7 9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 166.4 +1’16.314
8 8 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 164.9 1 Lap
9 7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 164.6 1 Lap
10 6 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 156.1 2 Laps
Not Classified
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 171.9 4 Laps
7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 170.6 4 Laps
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 170.6 4 Laps
46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 172.2 14 Laps

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