2009 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result - Race-Long Duel Ends With Popular Winner

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.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 40'56.651  
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 40'58.586 1.935
3 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 41'19.269 22.618
4 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 41'29.353 32.702
5 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 41'32.536 35.885
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 41'35.133 38.482
7 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 41'41.112 44.461
8 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 41'41.592 44.941
9 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 41'50.996 54.345
10 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 41'57.856 1'01.205
11 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 42'02.068 1'05.417
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 42'02.601 1'05.950
13 41 Gabor TALMACSI HONDA 42'14.602 1'17.951
14 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 42'14.636 1'17.985
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 41'27.127 1 lap
Not finished first lap
  99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA    
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please can someone correct me if i am wrong. DeAngelis and ELIAS only got a higher spec race bike at the British GP?? they where on stockers or 09 bikes until then? with no up grades.Now with good bikes in there hands Elisis and DeAngelis are back in form. And this was the reason Mr Suzuki to say that from next year all bike will be close to factory spec. with regular up dates.

Actually, from what I recall reading, Elias supposedly had a full-factory bike from the beginning of the current season. Now, how close it actually was/has been to Pedrosa's bike is certainly open for debate, but that was supposed to have been Elias' deal all season.

I can't speak to what version of RC212V deAngelis has been riding.

The deal with Gresini was that Elias would have a factory-spec RC212V, while De Angelis would have a satellite-spec machine. However, because of a lack of funds, neither of the Gresinis got the revised chassis (basically, the 2008 one, as the 2009 one was no good) until the Sachsenring (I believe, though don't quote me on that). Since then, both men have been very, very fast.

So basically, the difference is in the chassis that Elias and De Angelis are now using. 

Dave maybe you could run a story on Suzuki.
Telling how much it costs to run the team and how they go to tracks they have tested at and are almost beaten and beaten by the countries local Suzuki and Honda Super bikes that are very cheap to run and build and lower spec than WSBK bikes.
Suzuki in the race
Loris CAPIROSSI 1'32.555 Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
Chris VERMEULEN 1'32.815 Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

Local super bike in race on control Dunflop slicks
Joshua WATERS (VIC) / Team Joe Rocket Suzuki Suzuki GSXR 1:32.622
Wayne MAXWELL (VIC) / Motologic Racing Honda CBR-RR 1:32.316