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MotoGP 2008: Phillip Island

Casey Stoner took his fifth victory of the season, his second in a row at Phillip Island, and with it celebrated a special milestone for Ducati today. This was the Italian factory’s 100th MotoGP race since joining the series in 2003.

For Stoner this was his 15th win and it came from pole position after a dominant weekend from the Australian at his home Grand Prix. After clocking a new pole record here yesterday, overnight changes to the set-up of his Desmosedici gave him a further edge today and only Nicky Hayden was able to give chase before eventually relenting.

Casey Stoner: “This weekend has been a bit like the whole season – up and down! Thankfully it’s finished on a high and it’s a great feeling to win my home Grand Prix in front of all these wonderful fans, with my family here too. That’s largely down to the hard work of my team because we’ve had some issues with the bike here but today it felt great and I was able to push hard from the first lap. Sometimes at this track you can have the best pace but still get dragged into a battle but I was able to get away, even though Nicky chased me hard for a long time before eventually dropping off and giving me some breathing space. It’s been a great year for me and even though we haven’t won the title I feel proud of our achievements. If we can battle for the championship again next year that would be great but for now I’m just going to enjoy winning my home GP.”

MotoGP 2008 Phillip Island Results:
1. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro 40’56.543
2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 6.504
3. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda + 7.205
4. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 11.500
5. Shinya Nakano (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini + 11.914
6. James Toseland (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha + 12.243
7. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 12.780
8. Colin Edwards (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha + 25.920
9. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 26.037
10. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 26.799
11. Toni Elias (SPA) Alice Team + 27.027
12. Anthony West (AUS) Kawasaki Racing + 47.808
13. John Hopkins (USA) Kawasaki Racing + 48.333
14. Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Alice Team + 48.899
15. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki + 48.935
16. Marco Melandri (ITA) Ducati Marlboro + 1’11.767

Did not finish:
Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 27 Lap
Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 27 Lap

MotoGP 2008 Championship Standings:
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 332
2. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro 245
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 209
4. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 182
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP 145
6. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda 131
7. Colin Edwards (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha 126
8. Chris Vermeulen (AUS) Rizla Suzuki 118
9. Shinya Nakano (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini 106
10. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 102
11. James Toseland (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha 100
12. Toni Elias (SPA) Alice Team 91
13. Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Alice Team 60
14. Alex De Angelis (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini 55
15. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 54
16. Marco Melandri (ITA) Ducati Marlboro 51
17. John Hopkins (USA) Kawasaki Racing 50
18. Anthony West (AUS) Kawasaki Racing 46
19. Ben Spies (USA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 20
20. Jamie Hacking (USA) Kawasaki Racing Team 5
21. Tadyuki Okada (JPN) Repsol Honda Team 2

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