Home Cookin’, Aussie Style: Casey Stoner Owns the Field at the Iveco Australian Grand Prix – Phillip Island
Home cooking always helps. Especially when it’s on a gorgeous, Australian Island.
Oakley’s resident Aussie MotoGP speedster Casey Stoner continued his standing dominance on his home Phillip Island track on Sunday, coming out of the Iveco Australian Grand Prix on top of the pack. The Ducati rider emerged victorious from the circuit for the fourth year in a row in front of a raucous, obviously partisan crowd.
Starting from pole position – his third of the season – the 25 year-old led the race from start to finish as he solidified his third overall 2010 win to the cheers of friendly spectators.
Eventually crossing the finish line 8.598s ahead of 2010 World Champion and Oakley Teammate Jorge Lorenzo, it was the perfect end to a strong weekend from Stoner, who had demonstrated his pace throughout the practice and qualifying sessions.
Lorenzo rode a lonely race in second position as he finished almost ten seconds ahead of third-placed Valentino Rossi. It was the 14th podium finish this year for the Spaniard in his title-winning campaign – and his 32nd top-three result in the MotoGP category in what was his 50th premier class start.
The fight for third place went right down to the final lap – and Rossi edged out Oakley’s Nicky Hayden in what was a fantastically close battle. The Ducati rider appeared to have moved one over on his Italian rival with three laps to go when he overtook his rival at Honda Corner, but Rossi returned the favor at the same spot on the final lap to beat the American to the final podium spot – all by a margin of just 0.038s.
To top off what was a truly awesome outing for Team Oakley, American Ben Spies landed his eighth top-five finish of his maiden MotoGP campaign…and with it, secured Rookie of the Year.
Big congratulations to all Oakley MotoGP riders that represented in grand fashion in Australia!