PH2: MotoGP Australia
Monday 29th October 2012
Stoner goes out in style with a Phillip Island masterclass in MotoGP
Dani on the floor, title chances over and the leash was off Stoner - not that it was really on him anyway. The predictable win came with a nine-second advantage over Lorenzo - Stoner's sixth Phillip Island win and if you watched the slow-motion shots during practice you couldn't help but marvel at the Aussie's talent and machine control. Like him or loath him, the guy is spectacular on a bike and will be missed in MotoGP next year.
Another well deserved podium for Cal, a swansong win for Stoner and a second championship for Lorenzo - you can't argue with that as a result. Unless you are Dani Pedrosa...
Meanwhile in Moto2...
Moto2 and Dani's 2013 team mate only needed two points to be crowned champion - but would the Spaniard back off? Would he hell! Marquez took the lead on lap two but was then demoted by championship rival Pol Espargaro. You can't accuse Marquez of trying to stay out of trouble, but third place with Pol over 10 seconds ahead in first place probably wasn't his best ever rider. Never mind, a deserved championship won.
Moto3 and the return of Isaac Vinales added a bit of spice to an already decided championship. Khairuddin has been knocking on the door of a race win this season and after taking the lead things were looking good for the Malaysian rider in the opening few laps. He was probably still pissed off about last week'sresult...
A few jump starts (and a bit of a wild overtake) soon split up the leading pack with Khairuddin slipping back and Sandro Cortese taking up the challenge with Miquel Oliveira on his heels and Vinales in the gravel! Cortese took the win from Oliveira with third place going to local boy Arthur Sissis after a fierce six-bike scrap which included Danny Kent who finished a close fifth.