Two freshly anointed champions, three impressive winners, and a large crowd of ecstatic and yet wistful fans, come to say goodbye to a departing hero and hope to spot a new one arriving. Even the weather cooperated. That's how good the Australian Grand Prix was at Phillip Island this year. All three races were a lot less intense than the previous two weekends, but even that didn't matter, because of the manner in which the winners secured their victories, and because the Australian crowd had something to cheer about in all three categories.
The Althea team have terminated their association with Ducati. After prolonged negotiations between Althea team boss Genesio Belvilacqua and Ducati Corse, in which the two could not reach an agreement on several key areas, Belvilacqua has decided to end their collaboration, and look for another manufacturer to work with.
The Repsol Media Service today issued the following press release containing an interview with Marc Marquez, in which he talks about what it took to win the 2012 Moto2 championship. He discusses the many tough races he had to win, the risks he had to take in the last laps, and his first lap at Motegi. The text is shown below:
Moto2 - Interview with Marc Márquez, Moto2 World Champion
"I won the title by taking last lap risks"
New Moto2 World Champion looks at the keys to his title winning season, one hour after his latest honour.
Press releases from Dorna and Yamaha on the occasion of Jorge Lorenzo securing his second MotoGP world championship:
Jorge Lorenzo – 2012 MotoGP™ World Champion
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo made history in the AirAsia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island today, as he became the first Spanish rider to win the premier-class title more than once, after coming second and securing an insurmountable 43-point cushion with one race left.
A press release from Dorna and and an infographic from Repsol on Marc Marquez' 2012 Moto2 World Championship:
Marc Márquez - 2012 Moto2™ World Champion
At this weekend’s AirAsia Australian Grand Prix, Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez became the fifth Spanish rider ever to win a world title in the intermediate-class, and being the first ever to do so on a Suter chassis.
Valentino Rossi spoke on Sunday of the frustration he has suffered over the past two years with Ducati. After two years with the iconic Italian factory, the gap to the front runners remains the same, and the problems Rossi noted at the first test in Valencia 2010 are still there. Now, he told the press, his focus is on riding the Yamaha M1 again, to assess just what the damage of his two years at Ducati has been. Whether any of the riders heading to Ducati for 2013 would be able to master the Ducati was still open, Rossi said.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and single tire supplier Bridgestone after the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island:
Glory for Casey and sadness for Dani in Phillip Island
Today, the Repsol Honda team has tasted glory and disappointment in equal measures at the Australian Grand Prix. The glory, seeing the 2011 World Champion, Casey Stoner, celebrating victory at his last home race of his career, with a sixth consecutive win at Phillip Island, the fifth of the 2012 season and 45th of his career, 38 of them in MotoGP.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races on Sunday at Phillip Island:
Cortese takes fifth Moto3 GP victory in Phillip Island; KTM’s Sissis finishes third
Moto3 World Champion Sandro Cortese of Germany rode another masterly race on Sunday for his fifth win of the inaugural season in the new class of MotoGP in an incident filled race that saw his young Australian Red Bull KTM Ajo factory teammate Arthur Sissis on the podium in third behind Portugal’s Miguel Oliviera.
Katsuyuki Nakasuga is to replace Ben Spies in the factory Yamaha team for the final race of the season at Valencia. Spies, who had to undergo surgery on the shoulder he damaged in the race crash in Sepang, has been ruled out of the rest of the season. The race at Phillip Island had come at too short notice for Yamaha to find a substitute for the injured Spies, but the Valencia race allowed them to secure the services of Nakasuga.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Phillip Island:
Casey Stoner has completed his domination at Phillip Island, taking his 6th win in a row at his home circuit in his last ever MotoGP race there. A crash on lap 2 by Dani Pedrosa while leading the race ended the Spaniard's title hopes, making Jorge Lorenzo the 2012 MotoGP World Champion.
Results and notes on the Moto2 race at Phillip Island: