2012 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: Dominant Victory After Dramatic Early Laps

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.

Stoner had to work for victory in the first couple of laps, though. It was Jorge Lorenzo who got the holeshot off the line, the Yamaha man getting a brilliant start and leading both Stoner and Dani Pedrosa into Doohan Corner, determined to win the championship in the most convincing manner possible. But Pedrosa was equally determined, passing Lorenzo for the lead into the Honda hairpin, and pushing hard to stay ahead. The finishing order between Pedrosa and Lorenzo would determine whether Pedrosa went to Valencia with a shot at the championship, or whether Lorenzo wrapped it up at Phillip Island.

With Pedrosa past Lorenzo, Stoner was sure to follow, the Australian snapping at Lorenzo's heels round the back half of the track and pushing the Yamaha man into MG. It would have to wait for the front straight, however, Stoner flying past down the Gardner Straight to take 2nd into Doohan, and setting his sights on his teammate. Stoner in 2nd behind his teammate would have aided Pedrosa's chances of a championship greatly, but both men and Honda had made it clear there would be no team orders, and Stoner had demonstrated during practice that he was nigh on impossible to beat at the Island.

Pedrosa's lead did not last long, though Stoner's pressure had little to do with it. In his determination to push on and keep a gap over Lorenzo, Pedrosa went into the Honda hairpin a little harder than he should have, and when he tipped the bike into the tight right hander, the rear let go, dumping Pedrosa unceremoniously on the ground, taking with it his hopes of a title. Pedrosa remounted, returned to the pits to see if the mechanics could fix the controls on the right clip on, but it was game over. Pedrosa had pushed the cooler right-hand side of the tire just a little too far at Phillip Island, and had paid the price.

His teammate's departure opened up the way for the triumphal display that the crowd had come to see, and which had been Casey Stoner's aim from the very beginning. Stoner quickly opened a gap over Jorge Lorenzo, extending it lap by lap and managing it to the end, to take his sixth win in a row at Phillip Island on his last ever appearance there. "Everything went perfectly," Stoner said in parc ferme afterwards. 

Jorge Lorenzo may not have been able to match Stoner's pace - he had tried in the early laps, but nearly lost the front at Turn 2 and decided that the championship was more important than trying to challenge Stoner - but he was in a class of his own compared to the remainder of the field. Lorenzo rode a controlled but very fast race to come home 2nd, clinching the 2012 MotoGP title, his second World Championship to add to his first from 2010, in fitting style. Lorenzo retains his record of finishing no lower than 2nd this season, except for the DNF caused by Alvaro Bautista at Assen.

Cal Crutchlow rode a similarly lone race to come home in 3rd, an impressive achievement given that the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man had been struggling with bronchitis since he landed in Australia. On race day, it did not trouble him, and he went on to take his second ever MotoGP podium. 

If the battle for the podium was non-existent, the fight for 4th was intense, and lasted all race long. In the end, Andrea Dovizioso came out on top, but only after some brave passes in the final laps. The Monster Tech 3 man had been engaged with San Carlo Gresini's Alvaro Bautista and LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl from the very start, with little to choose between them. All three men led at one stage or another, with Stefan Bradl's gamble on the harder rear tire looking like paying off around mid-race, but it was not quite warm enough to give him the advantage he had hoped for. Bautista got past Bradl as they approached the two-thirds mark, and Dovizioso followed a few laps later. It took a last-gasp effort by Dovizioso going into Doohan Corner for the final time for Dovizioso to finally prevail, taking 4th ahead of Bautista, with Bradl in 6th.

Valentino Rossi crossed the line in 7th ahead of his factory Ducati teammate Nicky Hayden, after a lackluster weekend for the Ducati teammates. The factory men had even had trouble fending off Karel Abraham for a while, with the Cardion AB rider getting in front of Hayden and challenging Rossi hard up until the halfway mark. Abraham's pace dropped off in the later stages, the young Czech ending the race in 9th. Aleix Espargaro won a thrilling, race-long battle with his teammate Randy de Puniet by a narrow margin, extending his lead in the CRT standings, and securing the title of best CRT rider. De Puniet would need to finish at least 5th at Valencia to prevent Espargaro from taking that title, and though the CRT bikes have made strong progress during the year, they are not quite that good yet.

Jorge Lorenzo returns to Spain for the final race of the year as World Champion, a model of consistency and focus. Casey Stoner leaves Phillip Island as the master of his home circuit, making it six straight wins in a row, a record at the track. He leaves that record as his legacy at the track, along with Turn 3, which has been renamed Stoner Corner in his honor.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 1 Casey STONER HONDA 41'01.324  
2 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 41'10.547 9.223
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 41'15.894 14.570
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 41'24.627 23.303
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 41'24.756 23.432
6 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 41'24.791 23.467
7 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 41'38.437 37.113
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 41'39.711 38.387
9 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 41'53.937 52.613
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 42'01.623 1'00.299
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 42'01.666 1'00.342
12 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 42'23.275 1'21.951
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA-SUTER 42'29.181 1'27.857
14 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 41'13.539 1 lap
15 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 41'35.733 1 lap
Not Classified
  84 Roberto ROLFO ART 28'33.372 9 laps
  5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 9'46.759 21 laps
  77 James ELLISON ART 7'58.865 22 laps
  26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'37.097 26 laps


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That's a deserving champion if there ever was one. I wouldn't be surprised if Jorge makes it three next year.

Casey, you will be missed. I dread Valencia knowing it will be the last time seeing that guy wrestle a bike around a track.

It's just such a shame that every year since 2009 a major title contender has been taken out by injury. It makes people believe the championship's in worse shape than it actually is.

Great seasons by Cortese, Lorenzo and MM, great races by Cortese, Espargaro (who smashed them) and Stoner and honourable mentions for Sissis and West. For every winner there has to be a loser and I feel really sad for Danni.

Also really sad seening the red bikes in 7th and 8th especially given their previous good record at PI, lap race record (2008 Hayden) and winner of four of the last six at PI (albeit with Stoner on board).

It will be interesting to read the posts on all the various sites next season when Casey Stoner isn't around to put-down, diminish, vilify & abuse ...

There are 2 things the Casey Stoner haters should know, appreciate & try & remember when they are figuring-out who to hate next: -

(1):- HRC offered him A$15 Million to stay ( US$15,526,000.00) - the highest offer they have ever made or paid anybody - including anyone in F1. That's a lot for a guy that allegedly can't really ride, is "mentally weak", complains a lot, can't develop a motorcycle & isn't "marketable, isn't it?

(2):- They - the bike media & people who think they know GP stuff, make much of and go on about Phillip Island being his "home" circuit. While this IS widely acknowledged as a "real rider's circuit" - and one of the absolute best, where you need big 'cojones to go really fast - Casey Stoner has never ridden it any more frequently than any of his competitors. He left Australia @ 14 to go race in Europe & the UK precisely because he wasn't permitted to road-race at home in Australia.

So endeth another couple of the malicious, vapid & vacuous "myths" that have dogged his career.

Stoner now has 38 x Senior GP Wins, which puts him clear of Mike "The Bike" Hailwood as 4th on the "all-time" list.


Happy for Jorge(YESS!!)

Sad for Dani(somebody said he should find the black cat that crossed his path and dispose it off, I think it's high time he does that)

Respect for Casey(going to miss those slides terribly)

Great performance Casey. The last time I saw such raw talent was way back when. That was a bloke from Shreveport Louisiana. Southport ruled the weekend.
Well done to the Mallorcan. Brilliant season and thoroughly well deserved 2nd title. Look forward to the #1 on the bike.

great to see stoner So dominant even with his injury. I really hope valencia is kick ass as stoner goes for a sixth win and dani tries to prove a point and jl tries to show he didnt win the championship because of finishing second 12 times.

Great riding by Jorge, consistent, smooth and fast. 6 wins and no less then 2nd. thats hardcore skill. And jorge took hi's 2nd title in 5 years. only one rider currently in motogp could do that. he had to defeat 2012 hrc and 2013 hrc in 1 year!

So sweet for Stoner and Lorenzo, but you gotta feel bad Stoner won't be around this time next year.

Lorenzo deserves the title perfectly, even more than the first. And I doubt he'll stop at that!

That's funny how Jorge's victory is somehow backgrounded by others' stories this year.

When this season will be over i really would like to see Stoner offered to try out, like Capirossi recently, as many motogp bikes as it's possible. Taking aside his demotivation for this series he theoretically would be free of any factory contract liabilities (e.g. Honda) and be allowed to take a ride on this year's Desmosedici, M1, CRT's or even future Suzuki project. It would be really interesting outcome even he would leave the 'laptimes & feeling results' in a secret. This would be a nice demonstration how entire picture PR can really work when technical speculation plays with human ability at CS level.
Also if Rossi or Lorenzo, Pedrosa would do it would be awesome but contract liabilities are very rigid as they're active.

Poor poor Dani, always the bridesmaid never the bride. I see he still hasn't learned how to handle the pressure. Everybody wants to harp on the opinion that Dani would have won the championship if he wasn't taken out by Barbara but conveniently forget that Lorenzo was taken out as well earlier in the year. Congrats to Lorenzo! maybe next year Dani, maybe....

You're really gonna go with that godawful karma comment? In that case, what on earth could the guy possibly have done in his life, what monumental mistake which apparently makes all the bad luck he had ever since he moved up to MotoGP somehow okay? Because I'm sure you'll have used that same argument each time something else happened to Pedrosa or each time he didn't succeed because of one reason or another. He must have done something horribly wrong before that each time or karma seriously dealt him a bad hand, don't you think? I mean, it can't be that maybe all the injuries he suffered were also totally deserved, right, just because he made ONE mistake in his frickin Rookie season? Six years ago? Who did he wrong so badly this year that deserves such a derogatory statement from you? What karma? Is he maybe driving drunk on a regular basis, eating babies or plotting an evil scheme to take over the world? Please, enlighten me, I really wanna know what kind of mistakes would make people pull the tiresome karma trope everytime I'm not on top of the world, just to make sure I won't ever do whatever Pedrosa apparently has done to you.

Frankly, yes, I am. While I would never want any rider injured, EVER, as long as he keeps that arrogant prick of a manager, I hope he never wins a championship.

to Jorge on his championship, commiserations to Dani on binning it today and losing the chance of a 1st championship.
Congrats to Casey on his win today in what will be seen as yet again another totally BORING procession!
I cant remember how many times i started to fall asleep and hear myself starting to snore, it was pathetic to be brutally honest and the final round will be no different as Valencia is pretty much always piss poor, especially now the championship is decided.
Big congratulations to Cal on a well deserved podium, you just need to work on your starts and get up there from the off and push for potential wins.

Then you weren't sitting trackside like I was.
Sitting at Honda hairpin watching the drama (and it was drama) unfold. Dani running wide and then losing the front end and the championship not 30 metres away (also worth noting, the stewards ran like hell to help him while bikes were still approaching at racing speeds). Watching Casey push his bike to its limits and beyond as he came down through his eponymous curve, Lorenzo clinically dissecting each corner, watching Cal eke out his advantage over the constantly tussling Dovi/Bautista/Bradl battle. Even the DePuniet/Espargaro battle was fascinating with the two team mates constantly jostling at close range.
If you found that race boring then perhaps it's a function of the way it's televised, at the track it was gripping and flashed past.
Also have to give Pol Espargaro a big up for his domination in the Moto2 - he was poetry to watch on that bike. And Westies mugging of Reading and Marquez in the final laps was a sight to behold, an underdog dominating two of the big names through sheer determination.

Props to Dani for pushing as hard as he did; if you're gonna lose the title, at least lose it trying as hard as you possibly can.

Speaking of boring; even with spec tires, a spec ECU, KERS and DRS, the winner of today's F1 race now has led more than 200 straight laps. That includes pulling out enough of a gap in the first stint that he didn't even lose the lead during a pit stop - in three races now.

As someone who was really rooting for Dani I'm glad that he at least crashed out on his own rather than being taken out by another rider or mechanical problem. He wasn't robbed he just pushed it a little too hard.

One thing I don't understand is why Dani pulled in after going down at such a low speed?

What if Lorenzo terminally crashed out by some fluke? There was the entire race to go, and Dani would've sliced through about 3/4 of the field had he got going again and scored good points against him.

Maybe there's something that wasn't apparent on TV like a broken foot peg, but if not, for God's sake keep pushing man!

I really was pulling for Dani but there are times when I question if his confidence is too easily shaken.

Rick650 states: "Also really sad seeing the red bikes in 7th and 8th especially given their previous good record at PI, lap race record (2008 Hayden) and winner of four of the last six at PI (albeit with Stoner on board)."

By 'red bikes' one presumes Rick650 means 'Ducati'.

That being the case, then he is in error. Nicky Hayden set the lap record of 1m 30.059s on a Michelin-shod HONDA on lap three while he was chasing Casey Stoner (Ducati) in the 2008 race. Nicky chased Stoner hard for the first nine laps with both riders in the low 1m 30s bracket, then Nicky bobbled and the gap grew to over a second and Stoner kept stretching that to the end. Stoner was able to win this year's race turning mid to high 1m 30s laps for the first 17 laps whereas in 2008 he ran low to mid 30s for the first 17 laps.

That shows what the Ducati motorcycle was capable of, THEN. In 2010, Stoner's last year on the Ducati at PI, his race time was 12.5 seconds slower over 27 laps than the record he set in 2008, but that was still good enough to beat the Yamahas of Lorenzo and Rossi. Nicky Hayden was 4th on a Ducati in 2010, with a race time of 41m 27.663s. This year, after two year's of Rossi's 'development', Hayden's race time was 41m 39.711s, or 12.5 seconds slower than what he had done on the 2010 800cc Ducati that Valentino pronounced as 'unrideable'.

Aragon tells a similar tale of Rossi's 'development'.