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2010 MotoGP Phillip Island results

After a sopping wet weekend the weather finally cleared up today, as the sun came out and temperatures rose above 15 degrees for the first time. Lorenzo got a good start going into turn one, losing one place to Marco Simoncelli but passing the Italian back soon after to retake second.

As the World Champion had feared however, he was unable to match Stoner’s pace today, despite trying his best in the early stages. Once he realised he could not catch the Australian he contented himself with an uneventful but enjoyable race, unchallenged throughout to finish in second place. It was the 23-year-old’s 50th start in the MotoGP class and his 32nd podium from those races.

A small set-up tweak in warm-up had left Rossi slightly more hopeful of his chances today but the nine-time champion was left with all to do when he dropped to ninth on the first lap. He gained two places on the next three laps and on lap five found himself on the end of a four-man group in sixth, with third in his sights. He dealt with Simoncelli first, passing his countryman on the brakes into turn one, dispatched Nicky Hayden on lap seven and then fellow Yamaha man Ben Spies on the eighth. His task was not over however and he had his work cut out to hold onto the final podium spot with Hayden hard on his heels. On the third last lap the American got by the Italian but a brilliant last-lap move from Rossi secured him an incredible 13th podium in 14 years at Phillip Island.

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Stoner’s win means Rossi slips one place to fourth in the standings, with a deficit of eight points from the Australian. After a hard three weeks the paddock now heads home for ten days, with Jorge Lorenzo due to take part in a parade through his home city of Palma de Mallorca on Wednesday when he returns victorious as the new World Champion.

Speaking to the media after the race, Jorge Lorenzo said, “We knew Casey would be hard to beat today! I tried my best, riding as hard as I could at the start and occasionally it seemed like I was closing a little bit, but then on the next lap Casey would extend his lead again by a few tenths. I kept trying but I didn’t have much hope and half way through I decided it was better not to take risks. I really enjoyed riding here and sliding a bit on my M1, it was fun but this was Casey’s race today. It was good to be on the podium and now we are heading back and I have my first chance to go home to Mallorca as World Champion and to celebrate with my friends and family. Today we won the Teams’ Title and this shows what a great season it has been for us all, with everyone working at the maximum.”

2010 MotoGP Philips Island Results

1.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team41’9.128
2.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team+ 8.598
3.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team+ 17.997
4.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team+ 22.211
5.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 22.211
6.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 25.017
7.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3+ 35.168
8.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team+ 46.194
9.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini+ 46.294
10.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP+ 59.635
11.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team+ 59.664
12.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP+ 59.732
13.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP+ 1’05.029
14.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team+ 1’05.053
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Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team24 Lap
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Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team
Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

2010 MotoGPChampionship Standings

1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team333
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team228
3.Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team205
4.Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team197
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team179
6.Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3163
7.Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team152
8.Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini102
9.Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP100
10.Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini93
11.Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 390
12.Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team76
13.Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP73
14.Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team60
15.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP47
16.Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team43
17.Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP41
18.Alex de Angelis (ITA) Interwetten Honda MotoGP11
19.Kousuke Akiyoshi (JPN) Interwetten Honda MotoGP4
20.Wataru Yoshikawa (JPN) Fiat Yamaha Team1

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