by Nico Cereghini
As if it were preordained, Casey Stoner walked away with his sixth consecutive win home race. No one can beat him at Phillip Island so it's hard to believe but tomorrow he hangs up his helmet Since Sunday Jorge Lorenzo is World Champion for the fourth time. This is his second in MotoGP with Yamaha and with Ramon Forcada who has been managing the 90% Italian team. Dani Pedrosa bravely fought right from the start but fell on the second lap after running about 30 centimetres wide of the ideal line.
Jorge thoroughly deserved the title. The Spaniard rode with great speed and intelligence. As happened in 2010, his success will be measured against his closest rival, Valentino at that time and Stoner this time, two riders who missed a relatively high number of races due to injury. Jorge however always gave his all and from mid-season the Honda performed better so he found himself less technically competitive. In Australia, like elsewhere, Jorge couldn't even fight and stayed 10 seconds behind Stoner's Honda and well ahead of Crutchlow. Further back there was a great scrap for fourth place with Dovizioso managing to hold off Bautista and Bradl over the last lap. Then came the Ducatis - Rossi, Hayden and Abraham ahead of the best of the CRTs ridden by Aleix Espargaro.
The other World Championship title settled at Phillip Island was in the Moto2 class in which Marc Marquez this time was not battling with Pol Espargaro. Espargaro won with a solitary Stoner style ride. The new Champion was behind Redding and West for a long time but Marquez got a strong drive out of the final corner in a bid for the podium and squeezed past Redding. Marc will be no less capable in MotoGP right from the start of next season. Corsi rode well and finished seventh but Andrea Iannone was unfortunate to suffer mechanical problems when he had been hoping for a podium finish.
What a shame that the Moto3 race was marred by jump starts that saw riders like Folger and Salom given ride-through penalties. The new Champion, Sandro Cortese rode with great authority. Second across the line was Oliveira ahead of Sissis who won a fantastic finish with Rins, Kent and Fenati and Tonucci who came home in sixth and seventh places. Niccolò Antonelli unfortunately fell in practice and after losing consciousness for a few seconds did not take part in the race. He will however definitely be there for the last event of the season in Valencia.