Motor Sports

2009 MotoGP Phillip Island (Australia)

Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi finished a strong second in an entertaining Australian Grand Prix, chasing home Casey Stoner to finish on the podium for the tenth successive year at Phillip Island and for the eleventh time this season. Jorge Lorenzo’s challenge ended in the gravel trap at turn one, when a mistake at the start saw the Mallorcan slide out of the race.

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Rossi, starting from the front row for the tenth race in a row, finished the first lap in third position, behind Dani Pedrosa and Stoner. On lap two both Stoner and Rossi passed the Spaniard and then quickly began to pull away on their own, quickly opening out a gap from the chasing pack. Darkening skies overhead at that point meant there was a rush in pit lane as the mechanics switched the spare bikes over to wet settings, but the sun eventually came out and the threat of rain subsided as the Italian and the Australian set in for a head-to-head battle. At times Rossi looked to be within striking distance and he made a couple of moves at mid-race distance, but with Lorenzo out he knew that he had to capitalise and he eventually played it safe to come home behind the resurgent Stoner with twenty important points in his pocket and an impressive gap of over twenty seconds to Pedrosa in third.

Today’s result means that Rossi now has a lead over Lorenzo of 38 points with two races left. He will have his first chance to clinch the World Championship title at the next round, which comes at Sepang in Malaysia in one week’s time.

MotoGP 2009 Phillip Island Results
1. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 40’56.651
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 1.935
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda + 22.618
4. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 32.702
5. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 35.885
6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda + 38.482
7. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team + 44.461
8. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 44.941
9. Mika Kallio (FIN) Ducati Marlboro Team + 54.345
10. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 1’01.205
11. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 1’05.417
12. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 1’05.950
13. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP + 1’17.951
14. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 1’17.985
15. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 1 Lap
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Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 27 Lap

2009 MotoGP Championship Standings
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 270
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 232
3. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 195
4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 189
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda 152
6. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 145
7. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 101
8. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 101
9. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 101
10. Marco Melandri (ITA) Hayate Racing Team 100
11. Toni Elias (SPA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 96
12. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 95
13. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 87
14. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 82
15. Mika Kallio (FIN) Ducati Marlboro Team 58
16. Niccolo Canepa (ITA) Pramac Racing 38
17. Gabor Talmacsi (HUN) Scot Racing Team MotoGP 17
18. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Grupo Francisco Hernando 12
19. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Scot Racing Team 9
20. Alex Espagaro (SPA) Pramac Racing 8

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