Sunday, October 14, 2007

Australian MotoGP: Stoner takes ninth win of the season at Philip Island

Despite the Barry Sheene colours, Chris Vermeulen could only finish in 8th place...

...while Casey Stoner, of course, won the race. Rossi took third place (behind Capirossi), while Hayden had to retire because of engine trouble

No surprises in Australia – as is usual now, Casey Stoner led from start to finish, and won the race by a huge margin. This was his ninth victory of the 2007 MotoGP season! After a late charge, Loris Capirossi finished in second place, while Rossi took third. Dani Pedrosa, who seemed to be struggling a bit with some tyre trouble, finished in fourth place and Alex Barros took a very creditable fifth.

Barros finished in fifth place, Capirossi took second spot and Pedrosa took fourth

At the start, it was Stoner, followed by Hayden, Pedrosa and Rossi. Initially, The Kentucky Kid seemed to be having one of his better races of this season as he went after Stoner with a vengeance. But while the ex-world champ never did manage to catch up with Casey, it was Rossi who got past Pedrosa and caught up with Nicky. And very soon, it was game up for no.69 as his Repsol Honda expired, leaving a very furious Hayden stranded beside the track.

Rossi wanted to 'Storm the Island,' which he could not - this is Stoner's year after all!

In the meanwhile, Stoner made his break and disappeared while The Doctor, Pedrosa and Melandri had a bit of a dog-fight between themselves. Rossi managed to stay ahead of the other two, who passed and re-passed each other a couple of times before Melandri finally got left behind. Towards the end, Capirossi decided to join the fray and came streaming past Pedrosa and Rossi – the duo could do little but watch Capirossi disappear into the distance.

Hayden, who seemed to be having a good race, was furious when he had to retire due to engine failure. And Hopkins could only finish down in seventh place...

Chris Vermeulen, who was racing in special Barry Sheene tribute colours, managed to finish in eighth place, while his teammate John Hopkins did better, taking seventh. Kawasaki’s Randy de Puniet took sixth, while Colin Edwards in ninth and Melandri in tenth rounded off the top ten positions on Philip Island.

Also see:
2007 MotoGP race reports, features, interviews and hi-res wallpaper
The hottest, fastest Aussie on two wheels is...?
220bhp V4 Aprilia in WSBK next year!
2008 KTM 690 sportsbike range
2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 pics and details
Jeremy Burgess talks about MotoGP, Rossi and Doohan!

Two decades ago, it was another Aussie - Wayne Gardner - who ruled motorcycle racing. He won the 500cc world championship in 1987. Faster and Faster spoke to Wayne Gardner last year - see here


rocket_boy31 said...

good for ducati, they've really kicked Japanese ass this year! wud've loved to see Vermeulen get on the podium (expecting him to beat Stoner on home ground wud be 2 much) but what the heck..

Anonymous said...

of course Stoner won the race. u think ross would beat The Stone on his homeground? hah!

micky_g said...

stoner and ducati really have beat the crap out of everyone this season. watch rossi and co cry into their pasta. I'm sure stoner will do him next year also.

Anonymous said...

a million thanks for the great pics you give us. and btw, I'm also sorry Vermeulen didn't win.

Anonymous said...

why the sudden love for Vermeulen? just 'cause he went with barry sheene paint job? bah! the man can't ride and looks a right little priss with that stupid hat he usually wears. Stoner rules!

Suadref said...

damn it... stoner's just lucky to get Ducati!
Get Rossi on a good bike for God's sake!
What's Yamaha doing? With all the faultups and tyre probs!

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