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Casey Stoner: Six of the best

Prior to Stoner, Rossi had been 'King of the Island', winning two 250 races Down Under - then unbeaten from 2001 to 2005 in the premier-class, where he also sealed the title in 2001 and 2004.

Rossi returned in 2009 under renewed pressure from team-mate and main title contender Lorenzo. After a less than inspiring fourth at Estoril, Rossi was out to solidify his seventh premier-class crown after having his championship lead trimmed to 18 points.

Both Stoner and Rossi had been strong all weekend. Stoner took pole by just 0.050s from The Doctor. Lorenzo looked less happy in fourth and the championship battle was as good as over by the first corner, when the Spaniard clipped Hayden and high-sided into turn one.

Rossi could relax - but instead he set about taking on Stoner in his backyard. Although Stoner failed to lead over the line on the first lap, he soon got past Pedrosa and set a blistering pace - but Rossi was able to match it.

Rossi stalked Stoner throughout. Stoner had Rossi's favourite passing place at MG covered so the Italian repeatedly tried to get great drive out of Turn 1 and plunge up the inside at the Southern Loop.

He attempted this several times only for Stoner to defend gallantly. On lap 19 of 27 he attempted again somewhat wildly, only to run wide with Stoner powering through again.

Stoner and Ducati won by 1.9s from Rossi, making it the closest of Stoner's Phillip Island wins. Pedrosa was over 20-seconds behind in third.

“We were on the limit for the entire race,” Rossi said. “I tried in places but Casey was a bit faster than me. I didn't give up until the end, but Casey really deserved this win.”

“Of all my victories this is perhaps the most special,” said Stoner at the time.

Number 2: 2009 Italian MotoGP, Mugello - Round 5: Ducati may have won races ever since their debut 2003 MotoGP season, but were made to wait under 2009 for a home Italian Grand Prix victory.

Sure, Stoner won at Misano in 2007, in the Italian-based 'San Marino Grand Prix', but those associated with the Bologna Factory longed for success at the official Italian round, held at the team's designated test track of Mugello.





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