Stoner wins at Phillip Island, Lorenzo secures Championship

Updated: October 27, 2012

It was a double celebration at Phillip Island in the penultimate round of the Moto GP World Championship, as Casey Stoner bid an emotional farewell to his fans with a dominant win, while Jorge Lorenzo secured his second World Championship,coming home 9 seconds behind Stoner.

Stoner shocked the world of Moto GP by announcing his retirement earlier on in the season at just the age of 27. At that stage he was very much in the hunt for the championship alongside Pedrosa and Lorenzo until Laguna Seca when he suffered a fractured foot put him out for 3 rounds, effectively ending his chances of retiring with a third championship. It was quite fitting that Stoner destroyed the field in Australia yet again to give him his 6th consecutive win on the Island, and 38th in all and a send off from the home fans that will no doubt live with him forever.

2010 World Champion Lorenzo secured his second championship following the unfortunate Pedrosa being forced to retire from 19th following an accident on lap 2 while leading the race, effectively ending his championship battle as he assumes an unassailable 43-point lead going into the final round at Valencia.
Cal Crutchlow made up the podium with another strong showing, however almost unoticed with all the headlines heading the way of Lorenzo and Stoner.1. Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda 41:01.324
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 41:10.547
3. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 41:15.894
4. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha 41:24.627
5. Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 41:24.756
6. Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 41:24.791
7. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati 41:38.437
8. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati 41:39.711
9. Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Ducati 41:53.937
10. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia 42:01.623