After winning in Australia ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, Stoner is now undefeated at Phillip Island for the past four years.
Ducati’s Casey Stoner pulled off the win at his home circuit in Australia for the fourth consecutive year on Sunday. Stoner led the entire race at Phillip Island from start to finish, never showing any signs of weakness. The Aussie made it his third victory of the season, and crossed the finish line more than eight seconds ahead of Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.
“This feels really nice,” said Stoner. “I think when I won two in a row here nobody expected me to make it three, but having done that I felt there was a lot of expectation on me today. To be fair we have been going for the win at the last four races – unfortunately I slipped off on the first lap at Sepang, but we’ve made up for that this weekend. Everything has gone well for us, we have been happy with the bike from the first practice and the support from the fans has been fantastic.”
Able to improve upon poor results during practice and qualifying was Valentino Rossi, who finished the race in third after starting from eighth on the grid.
“To start eighth and finish third is not a bad result and, considering the trouble we had this weekend, we can be happy,” Rossi said. “Today Casey was riding in a different sport and I want to say congratulations to him – the podium was the maximum for us but it was still a hard fight to get there.”
Stoner got a quick shot off the line to secure the lead and was never seriously threatened during the contest. Meanwhile, Lorenzo had a lonely race in the runner-up position, trailing Stoner by nearly 10 seconds throughout the majority of the race. For the Spaniard it was his 14th
podium finish of the season, and his 32nd top-three result in his MotoGP career.
“We knew Casey would be hard to beat today,” said Lorenzo. “I tried my best, riding as hard as I could at the start and occasionally it seemed like I was closing a little bit, but then on the next lap Casey would extend his lead again by a few tenths. I kept trying but I didn’t have much hope and half way through I decided it was better not to take risks. I really enjoyed riding here and sliding a bit on my M1, it was fun but this was Casey’s race today.”
The real battle of the day was for third-place and went down to the final lap. Rossi and Ducati’s Nicky Hayden were running neck and neck towards the end, and with three laps to go Hayden took third from the Italian. On the final lap, however, Rossi managed a brilliant overtake at Honda Corner and snagged the final podium position by a margin of only 0.038 seconds.
It was another strong finish for Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Ben Spies, who earned his eighth top-five finish of his rookie campaign. In doing so, Spies captured the Rookie of the Year title at Phillip Island.
Meanwhile, San Carlo Honda’s Marco Simoncelli, finished three seconds behind in sixth.
“It was a really nice race and I enjoyed it a lot, so I am happy,” said Simoncelli. “I got a good start and moved into third place on the first lap and then stayed in the group with Rossi, Hayden and Spies. We had a great battle and it was really good fun.”
Also finishing within the top-10 were Spies’ teammate, Colin Edwards, in seventh followed by Pracmac Racing’s Aleix Espargaro in eighth. More than 46 seconds off the pace of Stoner was Marco Melandri, who crossed the finish line in ninth. LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet rounded out the top-10, taking the checkers nearly a minute behind Stoner.
The only rider who was unable to complete the race at Phillip Island was Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian struggled with technical issues early on which ultimately forced him to withdraw from the contest.
“It’s really a pity that I had to retire today because we had worked hard with the team and, after two difficult days of practice, today we had the pace to fight for third position and a podium finish,” said Dovizioso. “I could control the bike but it was too risky to keep riding and I had to come into the pits. There was a problem at the steering damper mounting – it had moved into an incorrect position, so now we will investigate the causes.”
2010 MotoGP Phillip Island Results:
1. Casey Stoner (Ducati)
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
3. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
4. Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
After losing a tight battle with Rossi on the final lap, American Nicky Hayden finished fourth at the Australian GP.
5. Ben Spies (Yamaha)
6. Marco Simoncelli (Honda)
7. Colin Edwards (Yamaha)
8. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati)
9. Marco Melandri (Honda)
10. Randy de Puniet (Honda)
11. Mika Kallio (Ducati)
12. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki)
13. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda)
14. Hector Barbera (Ducati)
DNF Andrea Dovizioso (Honda)
2010 MotoGP Championship Points:
1. Jorge Lorenzo, 333
2. Dani Pedrosa, 228
3. Casey Stoner, 205
4. Valentino Rossi, 197
5. Andrea Dovizioso, 179
6. Ben Spies, 163
7. Nicky Hayden, 152
8. Marco Simoncelli, 102
9. Randy de Puniet, 100
10. Marco Melandri, 93
Alex de Angelis claimed his first Moto 2 victory at Phillip Island ahead of Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone.
JiR Moto2’s Alex de Angelis absolutely crushed the competition at Phillip Island and earned his maiden Moto 2 victory ahead of Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone. De Angelis was consistently fast all weekend long, setting the fastest times in practice and qualifying and then clenching the race victory by more than two seconds.
The San Marinese rider began from pole position and quickly recovered from an early mistake which left him trailing in fourth. Afterward De Angelis stayed consistent and made his way to the front of the pack, eventually earning his first GP victory since his win at Valencia in the 250cc class in 2006.
Redding made it his second podium of the year in second-place – his best Moto 2 result ever. The British rider put in a great performance, showcasing his maturity and skill at a young age while battling near the front of the field for the entire race. Following Redding in third was Iannone, who finished just under three seconds behind De Angelis. Despite tire issues, Iannone managed to remain in the leading group and took part in an exciting battle between Redding and De Angelis. It was his seventh podium of the 2010 season, and the result pushed him within two points of his rival in the championship, Julian Simon.
Mapfre Aspar’s Simon claimed fourth across the finish line ahead of Viessmann Kiefer Racing’s Stefan Bradl and his teammate, Mike di Meglio.
2010 World Champion Toni Elias placed seventh after a thrilling battle with JiR Moto2’s Simone Corsi. Rounding out the top-10 finishers were Aeroport de Castello-Ajo’s Alex Debon and Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham in ninth and 10th respectively.
2010 Moto 2 Phillip Island Results:
1. Alex de Angelis (Motobi)
2. Scott Redding (Suter)
3. Andrea Iannone (Speed Up)
4. Julian Simon (Suter)
5. Stefan Bradl (Suter)
Andrea Iannone placed third in Australia and is trailing Julian Simon by only two points in the championship.
6. Mike di Meglio (Suter)
7. Toni Elias (Moriwaki)
8. Simone Corsi (Motobi)
9. Alex Debon (FTR)
10. Karel Abraham (FTR)
11. Thomas Luthi (Moriwaki)
12. Fonsi Nieto (Moriwaki)
13. Dominique Aegerter (Suter)
14. Axel Pons (Pons Kalex)
15. Claudio Corti (Suter)
2010 Moto 2 Championship Points:
1. Toni Elias, 271
2. Julian Simon, 181
3. Andrea Iannone, 179
4. Thomas Luthi, 143
5. Simone Corsi, 127
6. Jules Cluzel, 101
7. Gabor Talmacsi, 95
8. Yuki Takahashi, 86
9. Shoya Tomizawa, 82
10. Scott Redding, 78