Stoner Claim World Title At Phillip Island
Sunday, October 16, 2011
These results became the perfect party for Stoner in front of fans and family who packed the Phillip Island Circuit. Right on birthday the 26th, on 16 October, Stoner ensure themselves a world champion, while extending his victory at the track record to five times in a row.
Yes, since 2007, when for the first time he grabbed the MotoGP world title with Ducati's Stoner invincible. Now, in his debut with Honda, the Australian rider grabbed his second in the most prestigious class.
Unfortunately, at this crucial race Stoner was challenged by the toughest rivals in the hunt for the world title, Jorge Lorenzo. Yamaha rider was injured by accident during warm-up session Sunday morning. Additionally, his teammate Lorenzo, Ben Spies, also could not take part. Thus, the 2011 Australian Grand Prix was followed by the Yamaha factory team, which is expected to be a barrier to more rapid Stoner became world champion.
Meanwhile, Marco Simoncelli finished at number two. After a tight fight with Andrea Dovizioso, Honda Gresini rider managed to beat the rival of Repsol Honda's on the last lap, and made it the best achievement of his career in the MotoGP arena for the first podium finish in second place.
With the results of this series of the 16th, Stoner, who recorded nine victories during the 2011 season by collecting a total of 325 points, 65 points ahead of Lorenzo who could not get the points. Meanwhile, Dovizioso was third with 212 points, and Simoncelli ride one stripe to the order of seven, shifting Nicky Hayden. This makes an additional 20 points he collected a total of 139 points, beating Hayden who get 130 points.
The race story
Stoner started the race with very convincing. Start from pole position, the host driver is immediately skyrocketed leaving the competition. While Hayden, who started from fifth place, managed to poke forward to trailing Stoner after beating Simoncelli and Bautista.
However, Hayden did not last long in second because of lapse of two laps, he was overtaken Simoncelli, who tried to give a threat to Stoner. However, the struggle "Supersic" would be very hard because he was 2.086 seconds behind the ruler of the standings.
On the third lap, turn Dovizioso who thrust forward after passing Hayden. Gap began to be created, where Stoner was too far ahead, and Simoncelli started getting threats from Dovizioso. While Dani Pedrosa, Hayden, and Bautista tight fight for the fight over the fourth position.
Stoner's ambition to score the fifth victory in a row at Phillip Island will be easily realized because he was not under challenge. Moreover, Lorenzo, who became the closest rival, could not join this race due to injury.
When race enters the fifth lap, the former Ducati rider is already 4.141 seconds ahead of Simoncelli. Only the mistakes and bad luck that can be prevented to extend its dominance on the track.
On the ninth lap, hoisted the white flag sign riders are given the opportunity to replace the motor because the weather will be rainy. Activity in the garage all the teams have been very high because the crew to prepare the motor for the rider.
In the midst of it, a single accident on the track when Valentino Rossi fell on lap 15. Ducati rider was slipped in curve 10 when it is overtaking Bautista for fifth position. Meanwhile, Pedrosa pushed into third position and put pressure on Simoncelli. However, Dovizioso continues to lurk in the back, which makes the fight fellow Honda rider was quite stressful, only the uninterrupted Stoner in front because it was superior to 4.7 seconds.
When the race five laps remaining, Dovizioso managed to beat Pedrosa. However, riders who will join next season with Yamaha Tech 3 is already quite far behind Simoncelli finished in third position so that a realistic target. As for Stoner in the garage filled with his family, who waited a moment to do a party.
Back to the track, Bautista had the misfortune. Spanish rider must leave the track due to an accident, just when the race only three laps remaining. Certainly be all a big disappointment because he was in fifth position.
However, in the second position composition changes during the race entered lap-25, which means that only two laps left. Dovizioso, who pushed his bike to the maximum, managed to beat Simoncelli. But on the last lap, Simoncelli return to overtake the Italian compatriot, who made her best record of achievement in the arena of MotoGP due to finish in second place.
Meanwhile, Stoner was unbearable to be a winner in the race at his home. He reached the finish line with the advantages of more than 5 seconds over Simoncelli, and scored five consecutive wins at Phillip Island. A perfect result for Stoner for being a world champion by winning the Australian GP, as well as a birthday gift-26. Congratulations, Stoner!
- The Australian GP
1. Casey Stoner 42:02.425
2. Marco Simoncelli +02,210
3. Andrea Dovizioso +02,454
4. Dani Pedrosa +13,160
5. Colin Edwards +30,886
6. Randy de Puniet +48,800
7. Nicky Hayden +01:16.314
8. Toni Elias
9. Loris Capirossi
10. Karel Abraham +01:14.5
11. Cal Crutchlow
13. Alvaro Bautista +21.9
14. Valentino Rossi DNF
15. Jorge Lorenzo DNF
16. Ben Spies DNF
17. Damian Cudlin DNF