Posted: 17 Oct 2011
Casey Stoner has won the 2011 MotoGP today, at Phillip Island – his home round. The 26-year-old went into the race with an advantage over nearest rival Jorge Lorenzo, that he only needed to score ten points more than he in order to clinch the prestigious accolade.
However, when Lorenzo was ruled out of the race due to an injury sustained during warm-up, the advantage was clearly in Stoner’s favour. As a result, Stoner needed only to achieve a top six placing to be crowned.
In changeable weather conditions, the young Australian charged to his ninth victory of the season in front of his home fans, beating second-placed man Marco Simoncelli by 2.210sec. Andrea Dovizioso completed the podium just 0.2 seconds behind.