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.
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.
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.
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.
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