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Stoner wins at Phillip Island Lorenzo crowned

Casey Stoner wins the Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island, Jorge Lorenzo is world champion.
Casey Stoner completed a dream sixth successive victory in his final home Australian MotoGP appearance at Phillip Island.

The Australian won by 9.223sec in a race that saw Jorge Lorenzo wrap up the 2012 World Championship after rival Dani Pedrosa crashed out of the lead on the second lap.

Comfortably fastest in every track session prior to the race, despite a spill in qualifying, Stoner continued in a class of his own during the race.

Third behind Lorenzo and team-mate Pedrosa on the opening lap, Stoner powered past Lorenzo's Yamaha out of the final turn, then took the lead when Pedrosa slid-off at the hairpin on lap two.

The victory was Stoner's first since his mid-August Indianapolis ankle injuries - and fifth of the year - and carried the Australian flag proudly on the slow down lap.

Turn three at Phillip island was named 'Stoner Corner' in his honour on Thursday.

Lorenzo and Pedrosa had long conceded that Stoner would be unbeatable in normal conditions and were instead focussed on the title fight.

Holding a 23-point lead, Lorenzo would be champion if he could score three points more than Pedrosa. Lorenzo had seen Pedrosa's early slip - after which the #26 pulled into the pits and retired - and settled into a safe second thereafter.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow was promoted to third by Pedrosa's exit. The Englishman was never threatened as he secured his second MotoGP rostrum.

The best weather of the weekend was present for the race, with clear blue skies and 15 degree air temperatures. Honda LCR's Stefan Bradl was the only rider to pick anything but a soft-soft tyre choice - opting for the harder rear.

That looked to be paying off as he muscled his way past Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Dovizioso as the halfway mark approached, but the German rookie couldn't break away.

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October 28, 2012 6:20 AM

Stoner Cruises. All you winging poms... please tell me when you've last had an English race winner... Suck it!!!!!! The fastest boy on 2 wheels is Casey Stoner!!! Complain, bitch and whinge (in true english style) but he is still the only guy to really rock that Duke!

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