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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  • retrobob 31 Oct 2012

    Stoner TV Doco > worth a watch > if you are only interested in the Stoner hates Rossi [Rossi hates Stoner]then start about half way in.

    Casey Stoner The Last Lap >

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWtbvir1miE

  • Johno 30 Oct 2012

    bakerstreet said:
    If he is as good as Lorenzo and Rossi, he will crash a lot in the first year and then after that he will be up there. Rossi and Lorenzo followed that patern.

    I think Rossi has next year to win another title, but after that Marquez will be right up there and it will be too difficult. Watching Lorenzo ride, you can see he is as good as Rossi on the brakes However in a last lap battle you'd be a fool to not put money on the Dr smile

    Anyways. I have never been a massive fan of Casey, but I will be sad to see him go. Watching him at Philip Island is fantastic smile
    Lorenzo did, Stoner did and many others crqshed q lot in their first year. However Rossi neqrly took the title in his first year on the 500, crashes cost him ultimately, but not of the same order as the newer guys first years on the $ strokes.

  • bakerstreet 30 Oct 2012

    johnfelstead said:
    I think Marquez is quite the tallent and will shake things up nicely at the front in MotoGP, I dont know or care about his off bike personality, but on it the lad can certainly ride and isnt shy of taking pretty big risks at times.

    By far the best thing this year has been the Moto3 and Moto2 races, i look forward to them more than the MotoGP, there have been some epic races.
    If he is as good as Lorenzo and Rossi, he will crash a lot in the first year and then after that he will be up there. Rossi and Lorenzo followed that patern.

    I think Rossi has next year to win another title, but after that Marquez will be right up there and it will be too difficult. Watching Lorenzo ride, you can see he is as good as Rossi on the brakes However in a last lap battle you'd be a fool to not put money on the Dr smile

    Anyways. I have never been a massive fan of Casey, but I will be sad to see him go. Watching him at Philip Island is fantastic smile

  • coetzeeh 30 Oct 2012

    Greg348 said:
    Well, ive found the video i was after - its the second one halfway down the page.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/motogp/20108152

    Have a look for yourselves and decide!
    You are being economical with the the evidence here!

    This video only shows CS getting up after the fall. If you had watched quali you would have seen him favouring the right foot once he started walking. There was footage where he clearly hobbles away from the bike towards the fencing and then asks the marshalls which way to go prior to fetching his spare bike.

  • Greg348 30 Oct 2012

    Well, ive found the video i was after - its the second one halfway down the page.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/motogp/20108152

    Have a look for yourselves and decide!

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