A double motorcycle racing podium for the Fiat Yamaha Team today sealed the second leg of the 2010 MotoGP Triple Crown, as GP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo finished second and Valentino Rossi third behind winner Casey Stoner on his Ducati in the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
Lorenzo got a good start on his Yamaha M1 into turn one, losing one place to Marco Simoncelli (Honda) but passing the Italian motorcycle rider back soon after to retake second.
As the Yamaha Motorcycle World Champion had feared however he was unable to match of pace Casey Stoner, despite trying his best in the early MotoGP race stages.
Lorenzo could not catch the Australian and was unchallenged throughout to finish in second place on his Yamaha. It was the 23-year-old’s 50th start in the MotoGP class and his 32nd podium in that set of motorcycle races.
Valentino Rossi, nine-time MotoGP champion, was left with all to do when he dropped to ninth on the first lap on his Yamaha racing motorcycle. He gained two places on the next three laps and on lap five found himself on the end of a four-man group in sixth, with third in his sights.
Rossi past Marco Simoncelli on the brakes into turn one, dispatched Nicky Hayden on lap seven and then fellow Yamaha rider Ben Spies on the eighth.
Rossi’s task was not over however and he had his work cut out to hold onto the final motorcycle-racing podium spot with Hayden hard on his heels.
On the third last lap the American got by the Italian but a brilliant last-lap move from Rossi secured him an incredible 13th podium in 14 years at Phillip Island.
Stoner’s win means Rossi slips one place to fourth in the standings, with a deficit of eight points from the Australian.
After a hard three weeks the MotoGP paddock now heads home for ten days, with Jorge Lorenzo due to take part in a parade through his home city of Palma de Mallorca on Wednesday when he returns victorious as the new Motorcycle World Champion.
Today also saw American Tech 3 Yamaha rider Ben Spies, who will join the Factory Team in 2011, secure the 2010 MotoGP Rookie of the Year title.