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Stoner holds off Rossi in MotoGP

Australian MotoGP, Phillip Island
Race repeat: 1200-1300, BBC Two/Online

Casey Stoner

Report - Stoner wins as Rossi increases lead

Casey Stoner led from start to finish to beat world champion Valentino Rossi and win his home Australian MotoGP.

Stoner, on a Ducati, held off Italy's Rossi (Yamaha) to win in Phillip Island for the third straight year, with Spain's Dani Pedrosa (Honda) third.

Rossi's second place moves him closer to retaining his world title.

Italian Marco Simoncelli, riding a Gilera, won the 250cc race which was halted after several falls with six of the 25 laps remaining.

Stoner, who started on pole position, showed no sign of the illness that had affected his season to win Sunday's grand prix by 1.935 seconds.


The 24-year-old Australian had missed three races through fatigue before making his comeback with a podium finish in Portugal on 4 October.

"The whole team's done a fantastic job," Stoner told the BBC.

"We spent those three races away to fix myself up. It's definitely a big step from what we were in the middle of the season.

"It's nice to be able to fight for victories. Even if I didn't win today, I'd have had a ball."

Rossi's second spot moved him to 270 points in the table, 38 clear of Spain's Jorge Lorenzo. Stoner is third on 195 points.

Victory a 'big step' for Stoner

Lorenzo crashed out of the race before the first corner after tangling with American Nicky Hayden.

"It was the most fun second-place of my career because it was a great battle with Casey," said Rossi.

"I tried with all my energy, all my speed, but Casey rode very well and at the end it was impossible, and I also have to think of the championship.

"With Jorge out, we had a good advantage."

Spain's Dani Pedrosa finished third, while Honda team-mate Alex de Angelis of San Marino came fourth. American Colin Edwards (Yamaha) took fifth spot.

Two rounds of the world championship remain - Malaysia and Valencia - with a maximum of 50 points available.

Rossi happy to extend gap at top

Italian Marco Simoncelli, riding a Gilera, won the 250cc race which was halted after several falls with six of 25 laps remaining.

Hector Barbera (Aprilia) of Spain was second and Italy's Raffaele de Rosa (Honda) finished third.

Spaniard Julian Simon clinched the 125cc world championship after passing British Aprilia team-mate Bradley Smith on the final lap of the race.

"I'm really, really happy," said Simon. "The race was really complicated and even in the last lap Bradley was pushing a lot."

Australian MotoGP result:
1 Casey Stoner (Aus) Ducati 40min 56.651secs
2 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 40:58.586
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 41:19.269
4 Alex de Angelis (SM) Honda 41:29.353
5 Colin Edwards (USA) Yamaha 41:32.536
6 Alex Dovizioso (Ita) Honda 41:35.133
7 Marco Melandri (Ita) Kawasaki 41:41.112
8 Randy de Puniet (Fra) Honda 41:41.592
9 Mika Kallio (Fin) Ducati 41:50.996
10 Toni Elias (Spa) Honda 41:57.856
11 Chris Vermeulen (Aus) Suzuki 42:02.068
12 Loris Capirossi (Ita) Suzuki 42:02.601
13 Gabor Talmacsi (Hun) Honda 42:14.602
14 James Toseland (GB) Yamaha 42:14.636
15 Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati +1 laps

Championship standings:
1 Rossi 270 points
2 Lorenzo 232
3 Stoner 195
4 Pedrosa 189
5 Dovizioso 152
6 Edwards 145
7 De Angelis 101
8 De Puniet, 101
9 Capirossi 101
10 Melandri 100

250cc result:
1 Marco Simoncelli (Ita) Gilera 28 mins 17.403 secs
2 Hector Barbera (Spa) Aprilia 28:19.837
3 Raffaele de Rosa (Ita) Honda 28:20.007
4 Jules Cluzel (Fra) Aprilia, 28:29.521
5 Mike di Meglio (Fra) Aprilia, 28:29.595.

Championship standings:
1 Hiroshi Aoyama (Jap) Honda, 227 points
2 Simoncelli (Ita) Gilera, 215
3 Alvaro Bautista (Spa), Aprilia, 198
4 Barbera (Spa) Aprilia, 194
5 Mattia Pasini (Ita) Aprilia, 128

125cc result:
1 Julian Simon (Spa) Aprilia 37 mins 55.798 secs
2 Bradley Smith (GB) Aprilia 37:56.111
3 Sandro Cortese (Ger) Derbi, 37:57.855
4 Pol Espargaro (Spa) Derbi, 37:57.959
5 Simone Corsi (Ita) Aprilia, 37:58.128

Championship standings:
1 Simon (Spa) Aprilia, 239 points
2 Smith (GB) Aprilia, 183.5
3 Nicolas Terol (Spa) Aprilia 162.5
4 Espargaro (Spa) Derbi 142.5
5 Sergio Gadea (Spa) Aprilia 128

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see also
Stoner overhauls Rossi for pole
17 Oct 09 |  MotoGP
Stoner keen to impress home fans
15 Oct 09 |  MotoGP
Smith ready for Australian heat
15 Oct 09 |  MotoGP
Steve Parrish's MotoGP column
14 Oct 09 |  MotoGP
Stoner feat puts Lorenzo in shade
03 Oct 09 |  MotoGP
Lorenzo wins to reduce Rossi lead
04 Oct 09 |  MotoGP

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