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DATE News (chronologically)
10/18/09
motogp
Stoner wins 3rd straight in Australia  
Stoner, on special white Ducati, leads Rossi
MotoGP
Casey Stoner’s dominance of his home circuit continued on Sunday as the Australian won at Phillip Island for the third year in a row, leading Valentino Rossi over the finish line by a margin of 1.935s.

In his second Grand Prix back after a three-race absence, the 24 year-old celebrated his birthday weekend with an impressive win from pole position, his third race victory of the season, which took him to third in the championship standings.

A frustrating weekend for Jorge Lorenzo was compounded when the Spaniard crashed out at turn one of the first lap after touching bikes with Stoner’s Ducati Marlboro team-mate Nicky Hayden. Having struggled through the practice sessions and qualifying with both rear-grip issues and illness, Lorenzo was unable to continue after sliding off, although Hayden climbed back aboard his Desmosedici GP9 to finish 15th.

Rossi’s second place opened his lead at the top of the championship to 38 points over Fiat Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo with two races remaining, after it had been cut down to 18 following the latter’s win last time out at Estoril.

Dani Pedrosa secured his first podium at the circuit in the MotoGP class but came in 22.618s adrift of Rossi, while Alex de Angelis’ fine weekend was completed with a fourth-placed classification.

Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) took fifth spot from fifth on the grid, and Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) overcame his worst qualifying position since Germany – tenth – to take sixth place.

Marco Melandri (Hayate), Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda), Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing) and Toni Elías (San Carlo Honda Gresini) all also finished inside the top ten.

Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) came in twelfth after being demoted to the back of the grid after his team was penalized for using an extra engine outside its allocation.

Results

Pos

Rider Time/Behind Nat Bike Team
1 Casey Stoner 40m 56.651 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
2 Valentino Rossi +1.935 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
3 Dani Pedrosa +22.618 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Alex De Angelis +32.702 SMR HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
5 Colin Edwards +35.885 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
6 Andrea Dovizioso +38.482 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
7 Marco Melandri +44.461 ITA KAWASAKI Hayate Racing Team
8 Randy De Puniet +44.941 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Mika Kallio +54.345 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
10 Toni Elias +1m 01.205 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Chris Vermeulen +1m 05.417 AUS SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
12 Loris Capirossi +1m 05.950 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
13 Gabor Talmacsi +1m 17.951 HUN HONDA Scot Racing Team MotoGP
14 James Toseland +1m 17.985 GBR YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
15 Nicky Hayden 1 lap USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team

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