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Stoner all the way in Oz MotoGP

2012-10-28 07:47

POSITIVE QUALIFYING: Honda’s Casey Stoner (left) and Dani Pedrosa relax after qualifying first and third for the 2012 Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island. Pedrosa fell just after the start of the race.

PHILLIP ISLAND, Australia - What a start to the 2012 MotoGP. Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo straight into the lead past pole-starter Casey Stoner, then Dani Pedrosa slips through – and then he falls!

Honda’s Stoner was in the lead from Lorenzo and pulling away with a nearly 1.5sec gap after five laps, nearly two after seven..

Lorenzo, however, was now effectively World champion, thanks to Honda rider Pedrosa’s fall, assuming he made it to the end no worse than second. And Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) of England was running third and posting fastest laps.


But the day at a sunny Phillip Island, off the Melbourne Coast, was all about Stoner and 40 000 people were there to pump him up for the win – his sixth in a row - in this his last home race there before retirement.

With 17 laps to go he was 3.5sec ahead of Lorenzo and putting on an amazing show for his home crowd. Could he keep up the pace?

With 14 to go a stinging battle was going on behind Stoner, with Lorenzo, Crutchlow, Stefan Bradl (Honda) and Alvaro Bautista (Honda) in that order, but Stoner was out in a class of his own, perhaps aiming to top the lap record set by Nicky Hayden at 1min30 back in 2008.

With seven to go Stoner was still doing it for Australia, and the following order was still Lorenzo, Crutchlow, Bradl but with Andrea Dovizioso (Yama) having gone past Bautista.

And at the end it was still Stoner, with Lorenzo second and the championship in the bag by 43 points from the seriously unfortunate Dani Pedrosa - followed by Crutchlow, Dovizioso Bautista and Bradl in that order

Result from the 2012 Australian Motorcycle GP
1 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda - 41min01.324
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 41min10.547
3 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha - 41min15.894
4 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha - 41min24.627
5 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 41min24.756
6 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 41min24.791
7 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati - 41min38.437
8 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati - 41min39.711
9 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Ducati -41min53.937
10 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia - 42min01.623
11 Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia - 42min01.666
12 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati - 42min23.275
13 Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ioda - 42min29.181
14 Michele Pirro (Italy) Honda - 26 Laps
15 Ivan Silva (Spain) Kawasaki - 26 Laps

2012 Australian MotoGP qualifying times
1 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda - 1min29.623
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 1min30.140
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda = 1min30.575
4 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha - 1min30.763
5 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda - 1min30.798
6 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha - 1min31.200
7 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda - 1min31.490
8 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducat - imin31.661
9 Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia - 1min31.667
10 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati - 1min31.681

Moto2 result
1 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex 39min26.486
2 Anthony West (Australia) Speed up 39min43.297
3 Marc Marquez (Spain) Suter 39min43.323
4 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex 39min43.443
5 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 39min52.504
6 Johann Zarco (France) Motobi 39min52.514
7 Simone Corsi (Italy) FTR 39min52.577
8 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 39min52.858
9 Randy Krummenacher (Switzerland) Kalex 39min52.960
10 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 39min53.066
11 Jordi Torres (Spain) Suter 40min03.006
12 Bradley Smith (Britain) Tech 3 40min03.051
13 Toni Elias (Spain) Suter 40min03.356
14 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Tech 3 40min04.706
15 Mike Di Meglio (France) Kalex 40min10.836

Moto2 standings
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Suter - 299
2 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex - 260
3 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Speed up - 188
4 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter - 177
5 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex - 161
6 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex - 119
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Tech 3 - 108
8 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex - 107
9 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter - 98
10 Johann Zarco (France) Motobi - 94
11 Simone Corsi (Italy) FTR - 87
12 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Suter - 86
13 Claudio Corti (Italy) Kalex - 74
14 Anthony West (Australia) Moriwaki - 61
15 Julian Simon (Spain) Suter - 58

Moto3 result
1 Sandro Cortese (Germany) KTM 38min20.014
2 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Honda 38min22.122
3 Arthur Sissis (Australia) KTM 38min25.045
4 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 38min25.098
5 Danny Kent (Britain) KTM 38min25.121
6 Romano Fenati (Italy) Honda 38min25.123
7 Alessandro Tonucci (Italy) Honda 38min25.388
8 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 38min25.908
9 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 38min50.797
10 Isaac Vinales (Spain) Honda 38min50.925

Moto3 standings
1 Sandro Cortese (Germany) KTM - 305
2 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex - 208
3 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Honda - 199
4 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda - 141
5 Romano Fenati (Italy) Honda - 136
6 Danny Kent (Britain) KTM - 129
7 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Honda - 114
8 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) KTM - 112
9 Jonas Folger (Germany) Ioda - 93
10 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda - 93
11 Arthur Sissis (Australia) KTM - 84
12 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 81
13 Louis Rossi (France) Honda - 76
14 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) Honda - 74
15 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) Honda - 62


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