PH2: MotoGP Australia


If practice was anything to go by there was little point anyone else turning up at Phillip Island. Injured or not, Stoner rules the island and after giving a riding masterclass during qualifying and practice, Stoner looked destined to bow out of MotoGP with a home win. The fans wanted it, most of the paddock echoed this, and in truth the only chap not wishing Stoner well was Dani Pedrosa who was still desperately needing points to challenge Lorenzo for the title.

The view most had of a dominant Stoner
The view most had of a dominant Stoner
Speaking of the title, with Lorenzo 23 points ahead of Pedrosa the non-miserable Spaniard only needed to finish in front of the slightly smaller and less grumpy one to wrap up the title. Off the line it looked like Jorge meant business but then Dani showed some often missing aggression to barge past and take the lead with Stoner behind. Then it all went horribly wrong for Dani as he fell off - handling the championship to Lorenzo.

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.

Lorenzo crosses the line in style
Lorenzo crosses the line in style
With Stoner in the lead, Lorenzo second and Cal Crutchlow third it was up to Alvaro Bautista, Stefan Bradl and Andrea Dovizioso to provide some mid-race entertainment for the crowds, which they did with some strong overtakes. In truth these three provided the only racing in the MotoGP procession, so hats off to them for that. Dovi won the fight with a ballsy overtake going into the first corner.

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.

Further celebrations for Lorenzo in the pits
Further celebrations for Lorenzo in the pits
Second place went to the superb Anthony West with Scott Redding in fourth having been second for most of the race.

Moto3 mayhem
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.

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  • jason61c 29 Oct 2012

    Its a shame Stoner is leaving, he's awesome to watch riding, without his bad luck the title would have been his.

  • MarJay 29 Oct 2012

    I'm glad the grumpy whining Aussie has gone. Never liked him. Sure, he has talent but what good is talent when you have no personality?

    I used to think the same of Lorenzo but he's certainly grown into himself I think, and however bad he was, he was never as bad as Stoner.

    I'm hoping that Rossi can bring it on the Yamaha next year...

  • RX7 29 Oct 2012

    MarJay said:
    I'm glad the grumpy whining Aussie has gone. Never liked him. Sure, he has talent but what good is talent when you have no personality?

    I used to think the same of Lorenzo but he's certainly grown into himself I think, and however bad he was, he was never as bad as Stoner.

    I'm hoping that Rossi can bring it on the Yamaha next year...
    Whilst it is nice to see some personality in the pits/paddock/post race interview, i dont have a care in the world what they are like in the above, i watch the pinnacle of bike racing to see the best riders in the world ride the proverbial wheels of the machines and at that, there is no better than Stoner and as per the article, his presence next year will be sadly missed imho!

    What will we be left with next year, two Spaniards who are hardly the pinnacle of entertainment (off track), an Italian whose post race antics are something i would expect to see from a child or at a pantomime and Marquez, the unknown quantity

    Although not finished, the highlight in what i thought was a very dull year of MotoGp was Crutchlow, great to see a Brit up the sharp end, if only he had a full factory bike, MotoGp might be worth watching next year, i can only hope Marquez mixes it up with the all too familiar Lorenzo, Pedrosa and probably Rossi battle next year!

  • MrKipling43 29 Oct 2012

    MarJay said:
    Sure, he has talent but what good is talent when you have no personality?
    Are you being massively ironic here? Or just stupid?

  • woof 29 Oct 2012


    Totally forgot it was on - guess goes to show how poor a show it was this year.
    Still I should of watched it.


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