Oakley’s Casey Stoner Won For The Third Successive Year At Phillip Island At The Australian Grand Prix

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Oakley’s Casey Stoner’s dominance of his home circuit continued on Sunday as the Australian won at Phillip Island for the third year in a row, leading Valentino Rossi over the finish line by a margin of 1.935s. In his second Grand Prix back after a three-race absence, the 24 year-old celebrated his birthday weekend with an impressive win from pole position, his third race victory of the season, which took him to third in the championship standings. A frustrating weekend for Jorge Lorenzo was compounded when the Spaniard crashed out at turn one of the first lap after touching bikes with Stoner’s Ducati Marlboro team-mate Nicky Hayden. Having struggled through the practice sessions and qualifying with both rear-grip issues and illness, Lorenzo was unable to continue after sliding off, although Hayden climbed back aboard his Desmosedici GP9 to finish 15th. Andrea Dovizioso overcame his worst qualifying position since Germany – 10th – to take 6th place.

Casey Stoner stated, "I’d forgotten how good that winning feeling is and of all my victories this is perhaps the most special. I can honestly say that from a physical perspective I can’t ever remember feeling this strong after a race, which shows that the work we have done and the time we took out has been spot on. I got a good start and was able to put together the lap times to keep us at the front but quite honestly I felt I could have gone even faster if we’d have been able to find a little more rear traction over the course of the weekend. Anyway, I can’t complain because the work the guys have done on the bike during the season has been phenomenal, from the swing arm to the new fairing… they just haven’t stopped trying to make it better even when I wasn’t around. Now my aim is to help them as much as I can over the last two races and give Filippo (Preziosi) as much useful data as I can so that he can work his magic and improve the bike even more for next year.”

Oakley’s Jorge Lorenzo commented, “I made a good start but I was very close to Nicky and didn’t expect him to brake so quickly, so I touched Nicky and I couldn’t stay on the bike. My front brake broke and I couldn’t brake on the corner. I had two options; to go straight or try to take the corner, I tried to take the corner but I didn’t have a brake and the rear tire didn’t stay so I crashed. I have a little damage on my nose and finger, but it could be worse.”

World Championship standings after 15 of 17 races:

1 Valentino ROSSI
2 Jorge LORENZO
3 Casey STONER
4 Dani PEDROSA
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO
6 Colin EDWARDS
7 Alex DE ANGELIS
8 Randy DE PUNIET
9 Loris CAPIROSSI
10 Marco MELANDRI

Author

Giovanni Balestra

Date

October 19, 2009

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