Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Phillip Island:
Casey Stoner took a popular home victory in the MotoGP race on Sunday, after a race-long duel with Valentino Rossi. The two men fought a tense battle after getting past the fast-starting Dani Pedrosa, who could not maintain the pace the two champions were setting. Once past, Stoner led all the way, but Valentino Rossi was never more than a few tenths behind him, pushing constantly, but never able to get past. In the end, Rossi settled for 2nd, never close enough to attempt a safe pass on the Australian.
The reason for Rossi's caution was a first lap incident which saw his title rival Jorge Lorenzo crash out in the first corner. Nicky Hayden got past the Spaniard going into Doohan Corner, and Lorenzo ran into the back of Hayden braking for the turn, forcing the American wide and off the track. Lorenzo then locked the front trying to make Turn 1, crashing out and dealing his championship challenge a near-fatal blow. The Spaniard's DNF leaves him now 38 points behind Rossi with just two races to go. Dani Pedrosa was the last man on the podium, some 20 seconds behind the leaders, unable to match their scorching pace.
Casey Stoner's victory at Australia now brings his total in MotoGP to 19, passing Wayne Gardner and making the Ducati man the second most successful Australian rider in history, and tying the legendary Barry Sheene for victories. With Stoner turning just 24 years of age this weekend, the Australian must be a strong candidate to match Mick Doohan's total of 54 wins, though he has a long way to go yet.
|4||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||41'29.353||32.702|
|8||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||41'41.592||44.941|
|15||69||Nicky HAYDEN||DUCATI||41'27.127||1 lap|
|Not finished first lap|