Posted: 28 Oct 2012
Casey Stoner showed who was boss in this weekend’s MotoGP race at Philip Island, Australia. The Australian bagged pole position in the penultimate round of the MotoGP Championship but when the race started , got pushed back by championship contenders Pedrosa and Lorenzo at the first corner. By the third corner on the first lap Pedrosa slipped passed Lorenzo and was attempting to pull a gap.
On lap two, disaster struck for Pedrosa after he crashed out on the slowest corner of the whole track, leaving Stoner in first with Lorenzo in close second.
Bennetts-backed Crutchlow was in third place and towards the end of the race had managed to pull a gap of 4.5 seconds from the battle for fourth between Bradl, Bautista and Dovizioso.
At the front of the pack Stoner kept a cool head at his home circuit and kept his epic lead from Spaniard Lorenzo who knew he just had to finish the race to become MotoGP World Champion.
The positions for the podium were the same when the chequered flag went down with Stoner taking the top step of the podium, Lorenzo the second along with the Championship and Crutchlow taking third and his second ever podium in MotoGP.
Championship points after Philip Island
1. Jorge Lorenzo 350
2. Dani Pedrosa 307
3. Casey Stoner 238
4. Andrea Dovizioso 208
5. Alvaro Bautista 165
6. Valentino Rossi 157
7. Cal Crutchlow 151
8. Stefan Bradl 135
9. Nicky Hayden 122
10. Ben Spies 88