Matt Roberts presents live coverage of Round 16 of the MotoGP World Championship from Phillip Island, Australia. Casey Stoner could clinch the title on home soil.
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Welcome to Phillip Island, one of the most dramatic stages in the
world for motorcycle racing. This morning we have seen the location.
Coming into this round Casey Stoner is leading the World Championship
by 40 points, he needed to finish 10 points ahead of Jorge Lorenzo to
wrap up the world title at his home. All that has changed. Now he needs
to score 10 points. Unfortunately Jorge Lorenzo has been ruled out of
this race through injury. It was a heavy crash this morning in the
warm-up on the last lap in the last corner. He came off at high speed,
coming out, fell heavily from the Yamaha M1 and got his hair trapped,
causing dag to the ring finger on his -- damage to the ring ring
finger on his left hand. We'll try to get a word with his team manager.
In the meantime we'll speak to Tracey Spicer, things were worse
for Yamaha. Ben -- for Ben Spies, he had a crash. We saw you out
there in warm-up, we assume you were going to ride. Things have
changed. Yes, I was out looking at the track, trying to look at the
track. I wasn't really going anywhere. I took a shot to the head
and didn't realise it, jumped on the bike. Last night I had the
feeling that - we had a lot of bumps and bruises, maybe a cracked
rib, but nothing too bad. I figured it would be a race of pain that we
could get through it. After I woke up feeling fuzzy headed and I
couldn't concentrate in warm-up for put half a lap together. We talked
to the staff and everything. For safety it's not safe for me to be
out there now, and I didn't want to get in the way of anybody else and
ruin anyone else's race for take anyone else ow. It's unfortunate,
more -- else out. It's unfortunate, more unfortunate for lors, we can't
do anything -- Lars dad. We can't do anything about -- Jorge Lorenzo
dad. We can't do anything about it. We have to be smart about it.
about your team-mate. You've been in the position of winning a
championship. He must be gutted. was going to be tough. Casey Stoner
has been riding well. Pretty much unstoppable. There was still a way
to keep it going, but Casey deserves it. Either way he gets it
for sure. He rode like a champ all season long, if he does do it today,
Phillip Island, in front of the Australians and it's his birthday.
He deserves it, it's well deserved. It would have been nice to have
fought it out longer. Whether it would have been this or next week,
he would be the champion, and he deserves it. Thank you for speaking
to us. I'm sorry about such bad luck today. It's OK. It's Casey's
26th birthday. He could wrap up the time. We had a lovely interview
lined up. We had gone fishing with him. All that is out of the window,
everything's changed, he's tense. We have the next best thing. We've
caught up with his dad. Colin, it's been a crazy day. What is the
feeling in the Casey Stoner camp. It's positive, obviously. Casey is
pretty special around here. It's a real shame that Jorge Lorenzo is
not in there. From Casey's point of view he's sad about that. Jorge
Lorenzo is a friend of his, he doesn't like to see it not be able
to compete. Yes, other than that it is positive. I know that Casey went
to see Jorge Lorenzo before he went to hospital. Has said anything
about that. Yes, obviously Jorge Lorenzo is disappointed. At the end
of the day they are good friends and had a good chat and said Jorge
Lorenzo will be alright. That's the main thing. Makes it easier for
Casey now to go ahead and win the title. What are the emotions like,
what will they be like during the race for you guys. During the race
it will be high. At the moment I'm pretty calm. I know once the motors
fire up I will be nervous. Hopefully we'll talk with smiles at
the end of the race. Great to hear from the Stoner camp. Not
surprising that Colin is looking relaxed, the championship on a
plate. What a disappointment for everyone not to have this go to the
wire? It shot the fox. It was probably going to go down to
Malaysia, it was hard to imagine Jorge Lorenzo not get on the podium.
All Casey has to do is get around. Disappointing for the crowd, but
they won't worry. They'll be drinking beer, it's Casey's
birthday. Casey doesn't want it that way. He'd ridden well. He
would have liked to have fought to the end. When we saw them in
qualifying Casey Stoner did three laps on the 29 in the staple tyres,
no-one got there except him -- same tyres, no-one got there except him.
It's not over until it's over. The wind has picked up. We are wrapped
up. There's a chill in the air. Anything can happen. The com box is
warm. This is the most wind affected circuit. It would blow a
dog off a chain. There's sea caps. He has to hang a right-hander.
have ridden here. The first turn is hairy. It is, but the problem is
the web-end speed. The wind is behind and at the front through
that corner. That will be awkward. I have a shirt on, it's not that
bad. No brain, no feeling. You two go and keep warm. Alright. So no
Jorge Lorenzo, and no Ben Speez, and no Damian, the Australian
stepping in for Loris Capirossi, steping in for Hector Barbera will
not be here. They are not on the grid, but they were out in
grid, but they were out in qualifying yesterday afternoon.
Dani Pedrosa may have got out of the pit lane first, he had a
strange, difficult session. Karel Abraham was in trouble with the
Ducati. Ben Spees, the crest of the day on his Yamaha. He did come back.
Jorge Lorenzo, last sector of the track giving it difficulty. Casey
Stoner, how a sliding over the top of Lukey impressed everyone, even
Mr Duan, the 5-time World Champion. A crash out of Siberia corner and
up the hill. Karel Abraham, a big crash, he's OK. Alvaro Bautista,
strong, Rizla Suzuki's best qualifier, he was on provisional
front row until the last couple of minutes. Jorge Lorenzo pushing on,
couldn't get the last part of the lap right. Casey Stoner strings
three laps together, any one of which would have given him the poll
position. After the warm-up crash by Jorge Lorenzo, it's changes for
everyone except Casey Stoner. Alvaro Bautista on the Suzuki
starts on the front row. Outstanding. Ben Andrea Dovizioso,
Nicky Hayden, Dani Pedrosa on the second. Loris Capirossi ahead of
team-mate Pramac Racing Team, then Karel Abraham, Tony Elias are the
for his title shot. His 11th pole. So far one shoot off Mick Doohan's
record set in 1997. On the front road of the grid is a first front
rower, a winner in a 250CC class. What a performance from Alvaro
Bautista to get himself on the front row of the grid for the first
time ever in MotoGP. We were hoping to grab a word. With everything
that happened, we are a bit late to the grid. Let's grab a word with
Paul, the Team manager. What a performance, Phillip Island has
been a bogus circuit for Rizla Suzuki, you can't believe you are
on the front row. We qualified first, not first, and the
unfortunate thing with Jorge Lorenzo, a sub-on spot. To be on
the second row is a dream. We have not qualified on the second row
anywhere. To turn up on the front row is surreal. We've had solid
pace. 27 laps is a long way. It shows how fast Suzuki has come with
the bike and how much his confidence increased. You can see
how far they've come, how far are they going. Any news from Japan
about next year. It will be better to get what I said on tape last
weekend and leave it. We are not in a position where we have a
commitment. Obviously it needs to happen soon or we'll miss the
opportunities, including the kids on the bike. There's Alvaro
Bautista, and another look at him on the front row of the grid. A
winner. We are getting kicked off the grid already. Casey looking for
the championship. He was a champion in 2007. Looking to be the first
Honda rider to win at the circuit, thanks to him in the 800 CC era,
winning four years for Ducati and led every lap here at Phillip
Island for the past four years, apart from the first in 2009 and
that was Dani Pedrosa who led. He's starting from the second row.
Hopefully you have made it to the nice warm commentary box in time
for this. Casey Stoner led every lap for the past four years. That's
a nice picture. I tell you what, before we go to you guys. A quick
word with Mick Doohan. Did you have that grip on the grid? Hand on
Casey's bum, no. It's a great day, a great day for Casey. What do you
think is going through his mind? Disappointment for everyone that
Jorge Lorenzo is not on the grid. Even for him, I spoke to him. He is
disappointed he's not going to be out here. He'd prefer to have Casey
Stoner against him. You know what I mean? At the end of the day, what
is going through his mind is to focus and get the best result. He's
been fast all weekend, he knows if he focuses, tries to win the race
the championship is his. If it all comes together. Could be big
celebrations overnight with the birthday, the race win and the
championships. Is it good to see the No.1 on the Repsol. If I was
Spanish, yes. I won a few titles with the Repsol hond re,al be great.
Equally -- Repsol Honda, it will be great. Equally it's great for Casey
and motorcycle sport. I'm sure it will happen, if it doesn't happen
today it will happen next week. He's had a great season. I wish him
the best. Enjoy the race. Mike Doohan, won a few titles. I think
it's something. There was a neat possess about them, he won them in
a row, getting them out of the way. They were nicely lined up and Mike
enjoying life in Australia, he's into the aviation world. It is
blustery. We know that. A kiss from the wife before you set off. It's a
big day for Casey Stoner. Sure is. Importantly, I hope he has good
presents, but the world title is interesting. His dad said he hasn't
got him a present. He'll win his own, I imagine. As you said, when
we talked to Matthew, it ain't over until it's over. We have seen the
most astonishing things. Ben Spies is not awe usual crasher. We'll
point it -- not a usual crasher. They'll hit turn one at 150 m/h,
that'll be the first get of how hard it is. After the loop there's
a tail wind which partly caught out Ben Spies. That's certain. You
enter the corner faster, you enter off line, on the bumps and down he
went. There is the loop. Then downhill and the left-hander set
there is second fastest part of the trk. Carrying serious speed. If --
part of the track, carrying serious speed. You're flying, that's over
20 knots when you get there. crowd at the fence will be there.
155 m/h, it bashed him around, Honda Corner, up to Siberia and the
Pacific Ocean or the Bass Strait on the right. Nothing between you and
the Antarctic as Siberia Corner demonstrates. The good thing, as we
watch the guys. The sun is out. It's 16. It's crept up to 29
degrees. That makes it easier. can tell you there's a mixture of
tyres, everyone has a soft front tire, a Bridgestone, and in the
Honda Dani Pedrosa has the softer option, Casey Stoner and Andrea
Dovizioso have the harder. You can tell yourself by looking at it.
Colin Edwards and Bronwyn, Casey stoner's mother and father. He is a
grand-dad, but he'll be another grand-dad soon. This straight is a
long way to turn one, it is downhill. They'll be sheltered by
the breeze, the banking and the trees on the right-hand side until
they get to the first turn. We've seen crazy lines in the minor
classes where the bikes are lighter, it's like tacking into the wind
here. Everyone will be cautious of the first corner. Cal Crutchlow
must have stalled. He'll have to start the bike. He is allowed a
push to get him under way. It's dangerous not to, they'll give him
a push to get him started. Desperate moments for Cal Crutchlow.
Oh, no, it's fired. No, it has fired. Everyone's tyres are getting
cold. They need a good push. His pull pulse will be higher.
lights, but the breeze is cooling the front and rear tires. It's
fired up. The machine is fired up. We are ready for a start in
Australia. They are away. Casey Stoner taking a bold food, down
they go. Wide trying to get past. Coming up on one of the Pramac
machines hooking into the right. It is Casey Stoner through by a
country mile. Look at who is with him, mon other than Nicky Hayden,
on the Ducati, -- none other than Nicky Hayden, on the Ducati, how
about that. Ducati Best qualifier on the Ducati. Valentino Rossi in
the mix. There you have him. Dani Pedrosa. Casey Stoner getting the
tyres up to temperature, there's no rush. Birthday boy, he has to keep
taking it home. You know he'll finish in the top six if he stays
upright and the engine goes. Casey Stoner, 27. Nicky Hayden behind him.
Marco Simoncelli, Dani Pedrosa makes up one spot in P6. Valentino
Rossi stalking the back of Dani Pedrosa, and in front of Dani
Pedrosa, of course, is Alvaro Bautista, who started on the front
row but hasn't quite made stick. There were spots of rain on the
camera. I don't know if it was a shower. It could happen any time.
It blows and rains when it wants. big move straight down by ked. The
Ducati - yes, Cal Crutchlow having a moment dealing with Hiroshi
Aoyama. They race for an hour, that's a lot of weather coming our
way. Down we go, Casey Stoner heads council, and across the stripe for
the first time he goes. Leading. 38.494. That's not bad. Valentino
Rossi has gone from 13th to 7th. Well done. You can she him already.
They were basically two lumps -- you can see him already. They were
basically two lumps, you can see where Alvaro Bautista lost it, it
was a stomper from Nicky Hayden, he was on the second row, let's not
forget. Alvaro Bautista with a look down the inside there. Couldn't
quite get on terms with Andrea Dovizioso. Dani Pedrosa didn't get
it together in qualifying, the warm-up was faster, I spoke to the
engineers and said what have you done. They said "Nothing, he got
his finger out", he's battling for third were Andrea Dovizioso. Up the
hill. Tricky part of the circuit. This is absolutely rotten luck not
having Jorge Lorenzo to push this hard. He would have been on the
podium. I'm afraid for Casey, it may have spoilt his birthday party,
he takes the championship to Malaysia, Marco Simoncelli is
trying to get underneath the Ducati He may have done it. He has, that's
a tough place to pass. He is through. Marco Simoncelli is
looking for another podium, looking to better a third. He's over the
line. Casey Stoner already in the lead, a 2 second lead. He did a
1:30.983, absolutely extraordinary on the third lap, second lap.
Simoncelli on to the Ducati, the next Honda is Marco Simoncelli. The
Suzuki, and Dani Pedrosa, and behind Valentino Rossi. That lead
is extraordinary. 1:30.9 for Casey Stoner, that would have qualified
him use fully. It's the move. Marco Simoncelli just tucked in. Between
11 and 12, jams it down the inside. A beautiful move. He took the tight
line, made it work. He's now in second. That's a close part of the
track where Jorge Lorenzo had his crash Yes, hoo Wendt down and
nailed his ring finger, -- he went down and nailed his ring finger.
They can rebuild it. He may lose the nail but not too much of the
finger. Obviously the thing is to finish off the injury and tidy it
up with plastic surgery. It will be interesting next weekend. I believe,
I'm not taking it away, I'm sure it's painful. Had Jorge Lorenzo
been within five points, he would have been out there. He probably
decided he would not ride, but if you scrambled for a few points I'm
convinced he'd be out there. It's a big move, Andrea Dovizioso putting
- look at the Suzuki, watch this, going around the outside. Gutsy.
He's made a break. Blown wide. story, hit the slipstream, too hot,
dragged in there and had to go off the wide side. The Honda seemed to
have the horsepower in the slipstream. That is interesting. We
used to see the Ducati with the last part, blasting everything else
down the straight. Casey Stoner is the fastest lap. Lap record 130.05
past Alvaro Bautista, the blue machine, the Suzuki. Shuffleing
back to sixth, a good result for him. Importantly for Dani Pedrosa,
holding him at bay. The Suzuki just running, he's with the front group.
It's the best from the Suzuki for a long time. I remember Suzuki were
lapped at the same time as the Superbike. They are two seconds of
a lap faster. They have the safety work down, let's hope and pray
there are no answers to what Suzuki is up to. I have a feeling they'll
be there. Demi Moore getting out with a smile on his face. The Honda
horse, and small front area of Dani Pedrosa. Dani Pedrosa carrying it
through, making it stick. Nicky Hayden trying to look back, he does.
Slipped back again. Nice move by the Ducati rider. In through the
southern loop, down the hill. He needs to sort it better on the exit.
Dani Pedrosa is coming back, 150 m/h, in case you are wondering, all
the time the Suzuki's Alto stalks him. Honda corner is tentative.
Look at that, Alvaro Bautista noticed that. He did. Alvaro
Bautista is fast on the exit. Goodnight him is Valentino Rossi in
seventh place. -- sitting behind him is Valentino Rossi in sent
place, he wasn't expecting to follow a Suzuki. Everyone wins a
prize except the guys in the Yamaha Factory Racing team. Here is a guy
that's been around a few times. Beaten up. And I think - we heard
from him. He can cope with a broken rib. When he starts being fuzzy,
it's dangerous for you and everyone else. Let's have a ride with this
boy. 200 m/h. Just about. Nothing wrong with that. Side by side, but
no, he carries and breaks, Nicky Hayden, keeping him at bay. They
have their tails up. It looks like it will happen with Suzuki,
depending on how the tyre ware goes, Alvaro Bautista says it makes a
difference having good tyres. Alvaro Bautista has gone for the
hard at the rear. Everyone on the soft. It should come to him at the
end. Remember this time. He's four seconds down the rode from Marco
Simoncelli, Dani Pedrosa, all in the thick of it, he's on his own.
He's nailing it now, 22 laps to go, there could be a rain shower,
change of the boats. It will be nice to have a five second buffer,
he has 4.1 at the moment. Casey Stoner, 26 today. He's got 11 pole
positions for the season. The record held by the man Matt was
talking to, Mick Doohan with 12 in a season. Doohanable. Absolutely.
Two more races to go. Malaysia next weekend. Sneaking through. Hiroshi
Aoyama signed to go back to world superbakes with Team Carter It's a
shame to lose him, good for Johnny Ray, it's a shame to lose him.
They'll never cut the MotoGP, he was the last of the 250 world
champions, an excellent rider. went wrong for him at silver stop,
with a nasty back in-- Silverstone, with a nasty back injury. That's a
good enough view for you. You are riding with haiden, looking back at
-- Nicky Hayden, and looking back at Alvaro Bautista. Honda corner,
the corner that catches many out. Most of the teams use first gear.
We have seen so many injuries, arguably you'd say we forget this
is the fastest average at that speed that we go to. Pretty much.
Everything's third, fourth year. This is the big one. When you think
of 150 m/h, and Jorge Lorenzo, 130 m/h. All the crashes and the injury.
MG Corner, number 58 crashed every session. That's about the only
place he could crash. Three crashes, looking good at the moment. We ride
with the Jarra camp. Looking at the angles, a cloud on the right. We
have 20 laps, there's a seagull in the air. Be careful there. They can
hurt. They can. I have seen a few thumped over the years. He - yes,
there's rain on the camera, a little shower. You said before
Alvaro Bautista - I don't know if he stuffed it down the inside of
Nicky Hayden. That is moment city that is. Boy oh boy. That's wide.
That was in the slipstream. You get a lot of bucketing there. You get
the wind, you saw me went to put out his leg, went out too far, a
big moment for Cal Crutchlow, powered into the straight into the
Doohan Corner. 30 m/h winds he has to look hook into the Right hander
there. He's speeding his way around. Bike number 7 got through him. Cal
Crutchlow is all over him. He has to pick a way through. Look at this,
his leg will come out. It's such a big moment. Had to run out wide.
That would be awkward and scary. slippery part of the circuit. The
boss is watching. Andrea Dovizioso is tied up for next year. Karel
Abraham -- Loris Capirossi stalking the back of the group. We look at
Hiroshi Aoyama, and team-mate Marco Simoncelli making a move, getting
through. Honda, Ducati, Yamaha and Ducati, that's at the front end.
Hiroshi Aoyama's bike moving around. This corner, you can't do it
justice. It goes on forever. It's Randy de Puniet, there are still
causing him. I like him very much. You look at Valentino Rossi having
You look at Valentino Rossi having You look at Valentino Rossi having
a strangely lonely race. Better stick it out. A bit more rain on
the lines. This is big stuff. was big stuff there. I think he got
a bit impatient at that corner. The Nicky Hayden is still in front at
this time. There is a rain shower, let's hope the track does not get
too wet. There is a massive downpour. Action stations here.
Those bikes will be sitting with wet tyres on. No radio or anything
else. They will just the when and if the Ryder decides. It will have
to be quite a big shower in my opinion. Will he make it this time?
Are trying to find his way through, very close. Kenny come to the left?
Bike number 69 says her them off again. They're having a lot of fun.
That is the trickiest part. Meeting the weather. I think he was after
their laid. -- that lead. I would suspect that Casey Stoner probably
has hit back to the League. You can see the suspension their loaded up
completely. Not a lot of rain there at the moment. Casey Stoner is a
magician on a motorcycle. That is amazing to watch. Extraordinary
stop. Back to the street. Three Honda's. -- back to these three.
You can coming in any way want. You are saying water splashing up from
the tyres. Casey Stoner will be cursing the weather here in Phillip
Island. That is the last thing he needed. He has to decide what is
going on and who is going to make the run to the pit lane first. You
know what is going to happen? You come in, change your bike, the sun
comes out and it is dry. He says he is surprised and the ladies are
here. I did not say that. They are all getting ready there. The sun is
still out. It is windy. I think as he is down in pit lane, let's get
some news. It is a really tough one to call down here because the sun
is out and shining over pit lane. It is down from about turn one. We
will have to wait and see what happens. The team have their second
bite out ready for any riders who do decide to come in. Marco
Simoncelli still trying to hold these guys at bay. This is the
fight for third place in the championship. Car and the Dani
Pedrosa -- current leak -- currently. We are going to get a
passer or not? Two things going on. When it is when you like this, it
drives the track. The only scary thing is, you are riding one of
these bikes, you touch the brakes at 200mph and you get a massive
splash on your wiser because the rain hits your visor. Casey Stoner
has gone to one 31.88. That is about a second slower. He has the
buffer so he is in good shape. Nasty cloud over towards the say.
It could go either way. -- over it to be seen. We have a look at the
Whitecaps in the distance. Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi is a second
behind him. He said at the start of the weekend he reckons he can bring
-- win it. He has capitalised on the brain, has not backed up for as
much as everyone else. Valentino Rossi is right on the back of Nicky
Hayden. Many more modifications have gone to his bike. He has not
been the fastest Ducati by a long way. Dani Pedrosa has not been the
fastest on but either. Even with he and his small front, he got tucked
in their behind Andrea Dovizioso. You know better than I do the turns.
It is so imperative to know the terms. He is on the outside but is
he going to go for the inside line? He looks a little bit deeper there.
Real wind, tail went into that corner. The wind and the fact that
you are on an exposed bit of circuit, if we look at it received
from a trackside view... Keep an eye on that front tyre. He will
surely have to pass Nicky Hayden. The body language is not Valentino
Rossi. It is not as aggressive as we have seen over the years. I
truthfully believe at the moment he is saying, until the bike gets as
good as I want it, I am not about to lay it all on the line. This
could be a good one. I think he got but -- got through better.
Valentino Rossi is in close enough. He looks so much better out there.
What about here? Can we do anything on the south slope? -- Southern
Loop? They stretched Alan Maryam over the front end of the chassis
should give it more stretched. -- They stretched aluminium. Alvaro
Bautista outer Siberia and up over the hill. -- out of Siberia. Anyone
who has gone for the soft retire in this rain would be benefited. --
rear tyre. There is definitely Rayner. It is drizzle. I think he
was the one he was pushing it more than anyone else. It was a late
break. There are still points to be had. He keeps jamming the points in.
See how what the grasses. I think he is risking a bit too much. He
would be training the front brake in. The front unloaded first then
the rear end of the bike. The grass is wet, there is enough drizzle.
was almost through also. That was very lucky that Andre about Sister
did not get tangled up in that. feel for Casey Stoner. There is not
a lot of rain there. This is where Valentino Rossi crashed. That is
his version of knocking up a couple of seconds. Everyone else is doing
33.4. He is still a second faster than every other person. But the
wind is blowing, the sun has gone in. Down the bottom end of the
circuit, that seems to be where... Often you will get these squalls.
The guts of rain seems to be elsewhere. Valentino Rossi over
here. Andreas -- untrue ever tester -- Alvaro Bautista very lucky that.
-- lucky there. It is extraordinary. They should be more people out here
for Valentino Rossi. It was looking for a half decent results. He was
coming through faster. I think he was risking it just a touch. That
is two none finishes in thank you races. Cal Crutchlow has tipped his
way up. He is in the top ten. He is through and has made it stick. I
spoke too soon. That is down the slip road at Honda corner. In the
race it costs to Dili. An awful lot of time. This could be his best
ever result. He has kept his head down and tried to stay out of
trouble. Colin Edwards having a lonely race, three seconds behind
Nicky Hayden. Cal Crutchlow in a battle that is still going on. He
has lost a bit of time because he now has Abraham in front of him.
takes them a while to get back up to speed. Cal Crutchlow trying to
capitalise on love. -- capitalise on that. Quite low on the inside. -
- Cal Crutchlow on the inside. Hiroshi Aoyama on the inside.
looks very uncomfortable, may be trying to adjust the front brake.
Cal Crutchlow on the inside. Something not going on there.
Crutchlow is riding with real attitude debt. -- attitude there.
Tony Elliott is having a lonely ride. We have lost Valentino Rossi
and a couple of others of others got other -- going. Meanwhile,
Casey Stoner has gone from a six- second lead to a four-second lead.
He knows what he has to do. He has 10 laps to go. The rain has stopped
now. The sun is out again. They will be pretty happy. That is a
pretty fast right-hander there. Everything is going wide, trying to
chain -- turn left. Simon sin bin Shelley is easing out. Quite an
impressive performance. -- Simmons Cele. -- Simon 7 Selly -- Marco
not only a battle for third place in the race but in the championship.
One. Between these two. He would really want to back a result.
point between these two. He is very solid and a former world champion.
Siberia corner as we start the that Casey Stoner is extremely
relieved that this shower has blown away. He has come in and changed
the bikes. Some very tricky moments of that comes on. Very exciting for
the viewers at home. Thanks for the ride, that was fantastic. This is a
proper, fast-flowing circuit. Crutchlow, look at the back. He
Toni Elias us on the outside. Hayden had a cracking start. What
Nicky Hayden. It tardy start for Colin Edwards. He had a lawful get
off the line. You would not have thought you would have seen it much
of Casey Stoner until the end, but he is behind by five seconds again.
As you can see Dani Pedrosa has got next Leader advantage. -- or later.
A collapse. Who is going to get this one? I can tell you that as
far as tyres are concerned, they have different tyres. Dani Pedrosa
has a softer of the options. Dani Pedrosa is light and easy on tyres.
He seems to be getting him on the southern low. It is quite possible
for Pedrosa to hang on to this. Has he actually managed to the
switchback? Cannot yet he has not. Nicely done. You saw at defensive
line. The back wheel came up again. The infamous switchback out of this
term. Nicely positioned for the inside. Once you have the front
wheel on the inside, you have the right on the outside. You would
think he has a slight advantage. Even when he was chasing, I'm just
trying to think that when Dani Pedrosa was chasing he was closing
in. No-one seemed to miss out then. The world champions are now side-
by-side. Dani Pedrosa is time -- trying to take the lead back.
looks like key had the lead. Cal Crutchlow are still in there. Ear
plugs will be provided. They're having a great old scrap all the
way through. Cal Crutchlow is in the mix, number 35. These four had
been at it hammer and tongs for most of the race. For the last
several laps, very much so. I would say they are pretty sore. He has
got a dislocated shoulder. Down the inside, just kinda Jan did up the
inside. I think Honda is easier. As you come down the hill you can see
them trying to get up the inside then. The way the Honda corner
works is that it is dry on the inside. If someone compromises
their lead, they can't get again. Through this type stuff down the
bottom here in the Honda, as you can sneak through there. The track
has dried out. Casey Stoner has pulled up back to 5.5 seconds.
There are tears. 50 points will be left on the table after this race.
50 remaining, so he will be crowned world champion at his home race. It
must be a tremendous feeling for him, his family and everyone else.
That is Casey Stoner cruise mode. These Honda's have different
mapping on them. When we ran out listening Obama his dad is down in
the pit lane then. They were saying that Casey was very upset about
Lorenzo. Actually at a period in MotoGP where most of the riders get
on with each other. The riders are getting on her a lot better. They
reckon that Valentino Rossi was the one trying to get clear everyone
cross at each other. Casey Stoner was asking Ben Spies how he was. Oh,
Karel Abraham. The wings are gone and everything has gone. He has had
some real difficulty in qualifying. It is a bit close to crash. Double
world champion we are looking at here. First time in 2007. Oh, do
not do that. Does that mean it is raining again? Look at this.
Frantic action. You're better off cruising around slowly. Oh no,
Bautista. Unido like it there just slow it down. He will not be
able to come in. This championship never fails to amaze us. Nicky
Hayden has come back again. He is being prudent. Imagine how far he
is going to be behind when he goes back out. It is a bad place. A pit
lane entry would take you so long. Maybe Nicky Hayden decided he could
be the last one standing. Well Stoner come in? I doubt it. I do
not think anything will happen. You just have to know the conditions
here. Now the sun is out again. am seeing some bikes in the
background. Marco Simoncelli has been actually smoked. But he has
now gotten past. What does look at this gap. He took about three
seconds off in one lap. Shearer's Diary armour, behind his Crutchlow.
on the slippery part of the circuit. Two laps to go. He got enough
championship points just on the scooter today. Karel Abraham has
gotten on the bike again. Casey Stoner has lapped him. Marco
Simoncelli is back again. That's all on four young and old.
currently have seven motorcycles on the track. Nicky Hayden is down and
seven. I think it was a foolish move from him. He is gambling. He
has got five seconds over Simoncelli. Casey Stoner is poised
on being the first man to win the World Championship and the last man.
This will be Honda's first World Championship in this category.
There will be some T-shirts coming out of the boxes, I suspect. The
difficult part is knowing why he is driving. -- where it is dry. Do not
forget, there has been a lot of whale around the circuit. -- oil.
Casey Stoner is moving to the right. The potential world champion. He
has just cut to unwind himself around these long corners. Turned
well, which goes wrong for ever. Stand up Australia. Casey Stoner is
the world champion. The double world champion. It does not get any
better. On his first day. Honda will be ecstatic. -- birthday.
tell you when something is not a Honda crosses the line. There he is.
What a ear this man has had. Colin Edwards crosses Fifth. Can Red Ed
relations. -- congratulations. wrote for the most treacherous
conditions. The most amazing thing. Two weeks ago in Japan, this guy
was third on the podium. He did not think he would be winning in his
home grand prix. Now he has done it. It all changed when a higher
Lorenza went out with that badly damaged finger. He could have taken
it in these conditions. He could have prevented the win here.
credit to Casey, but also Honda. They have come up with the most
behind this move, Casey Stoner after four successful years with
Ducati made his move to wonder. It was a surprise move for everybody.
Nobody thought it could happen. Congratulations. UN instrumental in
bringing Casey Stoner to Honda. How does it feel? Emotional. The last
minute of the race was very difficult. He did an unbelievable
job. For him Lorenzo -- Jorge Lorenzo deserve to fight until the
end. We are just going to grab a the start, I bet he would come for
the last few laps? No heart must have been in your mouth? Absolutely.
We did not know if it was going to rain, snow or whatever. You must be
so proud of their son. Another MotoGP title. How does this compare
to the first? I think this one is even sweeter because it has been
quite a few years. There you go. Congratulations. Those conditions,
he would not know what to do. If you have a radio mike in F1 you get
kind of an update and what's going on but tried to ride a motorcycle
in drizzly rain conditions with the wrong tyres and having to try and
work out what to do... Casey Stoner would have gotten up this morning
thinking, things will get resolved in Malaysia. This he would not have
expected. He would not have gotten odds against him finishing on the
podium. He did not expect to win it this weekend. He would not have bet
against poor a limit -- Jorge Lorenzo. But Marco Simoncelli gets
his best ever result in MotoGP. Everyone is a winner. Dovizioso
beats Pedrosa. Important for him. They have made up. Trophies do
funny things to people. Casey Stoner, number 27, I do not think
we will be getting off the island. Marco Simoncelli, they have to make
fair on him. Congratulations, back on the podium after such -- a race
with such tough conditions. very happy. It was a very difficult
race. There was a lot of wind and the condition of the track changed
lap by map. I tried to push during the race and had four laps to go. I
think of my second place was sure 100%. It started to rain and the
track got completely wet in the first part. It was very dangerous.
We did a good part in the last lap. And won the battle and I'm very
happy. Congratulations to Casey and I want to say good luck. Thank you
market. He is a nice boy, congratulating Jorge Lorenzo. You
can probably sneak out of the car park now. That was a firm but fair
pass on Dovizioso debt Simoncelli made. I think it was. He shook
hands with him. We have not seen that all year. I think he set down
a very mature ride at the end. It is down into on the corners. Close
and tight. David COSO in third place. A great battle there. Third
place. Yes, I'm happy. Congratulations to Casey, he has
had a could season. In the battle with Marco I could not try to
overtake him because in the middle of the corner I was too slow.. It
was a difficult race, a difficult track for me. He did just lose it
into a Honda corner that. Dani Pedrosa slowed in the rain that. He
decided he did not want to injure himself and why would you?
Simoncelli would you usually the race a bit for -- in the rain and
then crash, but he did not this time, he waited until it was dry
and then pressed on -- pressed on. Casey Stoner it is world champion
for 2011. Or take -- Lorenzo and Dovizioso missed out. Casey Stoner,
2011 MotoGP championship. Happy birthday! I have been thinking
about this all week and I did not think there was any chance. Jorge
Lorenzo has been so strong. But he had a bad crash this morning and
some bad injuries. My thoughts go out to him. But we knew we had
momentum this year. It was our championship to lose. It was really
tough out there. I did not want to win the championship today. Could
not ask for much more. A big banks -- big things to everyone. --
thanks. A very proud mother and father here today. Thousands of
fans have turned up to watch him. It is all happening. It is times
like this then you realise the pain and sacrifice you sometimes go
through a motorcycle racing... Peaks and troughs but the peaks get
you through the troughs. I first met Casey Stoner and Colin in
Scotland. They were living in a caravan. Casey Stoner was 15 years
old and I had no idea I was looking at a double World Championship --
champion. He has been phenomenal and his dad has worked very hard to
get him back to the race. Your point about what a great job on
they have done. The point is that they were staring down the barrel
of having never won a Grand Prix. At that particular car which has
been resolved. They threw everything at it this year. The
other writers are not in the running for the championship. If he
comes back, or Hayden -- Jorge Lorenzo will take second place in
the championship this year. might have noticed in the
background, because the wind picks up before the weather front gets
here, it has made a little bit and now it is calm. It is always like
that. Horrendous weather during the race and then when you pack up the
sun comes out. Casey Stoner, amazing statistics. So many
astonishing achievements. This is his bit Phillip Island Australian
Grand Prix win in a row. The first four of them were on Ducati bikes.
You have to feel a little bit sorry for Valentino Rossi, a nightmare
year. He was one of the first to go in the rain. Casey knows it is
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 62 seconds
centres for 2011. If you do manage to crack it and take out the title
at home, it makes it all the better. For the fans as well. No time to
rest. Everything will be packed up tonight. Then to Malaysia.
pressure is on. So much to be resolved. It is wide open between
Dovizioso and Pedrosa. So much going on there. Valentino Rossi has
let Ben Spies off the hook. I have to congratulate Australia. Some of
the great champions are from here. For a country with a fairly small
population... They have done a good job. What a cracking circuit it is.
The next round is just seven hours on a jet. Then down to Valencia.
But Malaysia is always interesting. Very humid conditions. Casey Stoner,
159 Grand Prix says. 96 Motor GPs. Congratulations. Nice job.
Matt Roberts presents live coverage of Round 16 of the MotoGP World Championship from Phillip Island, Australia. With three races remaining and a 40-point lead over his nearest rival, Casey Stoner could clinch the title on home soil but Jorge Lorenzo will be desperate for victory in Australia to reduce the gap and hang onto his crown for at least another race.