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Stoner wins at Phillip Island Lorenzo crowned

The closing stages saw Bradl shuffled back to sixth, with Tech 3's Dovizioso snatching fourth place from Gresini Honda's Bautista by 0.129s and Bradl just 0035s further behind.

Valentino Rossi, unbeaten at Phillip Island from 2001-2005, was already 22 seconds behind Stoner by the midway mark and spent much of the race in an all-Ducati duel with team-met Nicky Hayden.

Rossi concluded his penultimate Ducati rider 37s from victory and 1.2s from Hayden.

Fellow Desmosedici rider Karel Abraham took ninth with Randy de Puniet, who claimed a new CRT qualifying high with ninth on the grid, found himself challenged in the race by team-mate Aleix Espargaro.

The Aspar pair traded places on the penultimate lap, with Espargaro beating de Puniet to the line by 0.043s.

Hector Barbera (Pramac), Danilo Petrucci (Ioda), Michele Pirro (Gresini) and Ivan Silva (Avintia) also completed the race and all scored at least a point.

Local rider Kris McLaren, drafted into the Avintia Blusens squad in place of the injured Yonny Hernandez, didn't start the race after missing the 107% time in practice and qualifying.

Phillip Island was the last in a gruelling run of three 'flyaway' races - Japan, Malaysia and Australia - in three weekends. MotoGP now takes one weekend off before the Valencia finale from November 9-11.

Lorenzo's team-mate Ben Spies will also miss Valencia following recent shoulder surgery and be replaced by test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga.





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suzukiaussietrav

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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