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Stoner takes home victory in Australia

Casey Stoner wins the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, third decided with last lap pass.
Casey Stoner will never be beaten as a Ducati rider at his home Australian Grand Prix, after taking his fourth Phillip Island win in a row on Sunday.

The #27, moving to Honda next year, never gave the opposition a chance as he bolted from pole to a two-second lead after just two laps.

Newly crowned world champion Jorge Lorenzo tried to provide some opposition, but Stoner always had pace in hand and went on to claim his third win of the year by a huge 8.598sec from the Fiat Yamaha rider.

The fight for third was much more lively, with Ben Spies, Nicky Hayden, Marco Simoncelli and Valentino Rossi trading places in the early stages.

Outgoing world champion Valentino Rossi, starting from his worst grid position (eighth) since 2008, didn't get the start he had hoped for and was back in ninth at the end of lap 1.

The Italian - on the podium at Phillip Island every year since 1998, including five victories in a row from 2001-2005 - then climbed up the order to catch the pack fighting for third.

Rossi wasted no time in cutting through the trio ahead of him, making shoulder contact with 2011 Ducati team-mate Hayden in the process, to reach third place by lap 8 of 27.

But Stoner and Lorenzo were long gone and Rossi instead had his hands full defending against Hayden, who was the only rider able to stick with Rossi.

The 2006 world champion outbraked the #46 to snatch third back at the Honda hairpin on lap 25, but Rossi typically clung with him and launched a block pass at the same turn to lever his M1 inside Hayden on the very final lap.




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Story of the year - Unregistered

October 17, 2010 7:33 AM

I'm starting to feel sorry for Ducati. They are going to lose their world champion, one of most talented riders, who is still young and has a lot more to offer for a moaning Italian has-been. Awesome job today CS, go for that 2nd in the championship, mate!



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