2012 Phillip Island MotoGP | Results

2012 AirAsia Australian Grand Prix Results

Spoiler Alert: 2012 MotoGP results from Phillip Island, Australia, listed below

Two significant things occurred at the 2012 AirAsia Australian Grand Prix – Casey Stoner took his sixth consecutive win at Phillip Island and Jorge Lorenzo clinched the 2012 MotoGP Championship with one round remaining.

This was Lorenzo’s second title in the premier class, the Spaniard clinching it after finishing second. The man who was a threat to Lorenzo – Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa – crashed on the second lap while in the lead.

When the race got underway, Lorenzo got the holeshot, getting to turn one ahead of the pole sitter, Repsol Honda’s Stoner.

But right behind was Pedrosa, who passed Lorenzo within the first few turns. As Pedrosa attempted to pull away, Stoner was behind Lorenzo, and passed him heading into lap two.  Shortly after there was huge drama as Pedrosa pushed too hard and lost the rear of his bike, with Stoner and Lorenzo closely behind. The Spaniard was able to remount, yet had to pit with the bike too damaged, leaving Lorenzo in a strong position to take the world title.

As Stoner pulled away at the front in dominant fashion, an entertaining battle for third ensued being led by Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, followed by teammate Andrea Dovizioso, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl.

In the meantime, Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison crashed out of the race, while NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards had to retire due to a technical issue. With 18 laps remaining Crutchlow was on a charge as he was lapping faster than Lorenzo, dropping off Dovizioso slightly, who had Bautista stuck to his rear wheel.

Behind, Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi was leading a battle of the Desmosedicis ahead of Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham and Ducati’s Nicky Hayden.

Stoner was leading at the front with Lorenzo and lonely second and Crutchlow a lonely third, yet Bautista, Bradl and Dovizioso were at each other’s throat throughout. With eight laps to go Speed Master’s Roberto Rolfo retired with a mechanical issue.

Further afield and Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró was tussling with teammate Randy de Puniet in their battle for CRT supremacy, with the two swapping positions frequently. With five laps remaining Dovizioso went past Bradl into fourth, whilst Bautista capitalised on this and also squeezed past the German for fifth. And two laps before the end the trio provided fairing-to-fairing action with Dovizioso leading into the last lap, and keeping this position until the line.

Yet ultimately it was Stoner who made it six wins in succession at the Australian track on his final bow at his home circuit, with Lorenzo clinching his second premier-class title with one round to go – the only Spaniard to have more than one. Crutchlow put in a terrific ride as he stormed to his second ever GP podium, despite suffering from illness. Dovizioso was the first non-podium finisher, followed by Bautista, Bradl, Rossi, Hayden, Abraham, as well as Espargaró, who came out on top in the CRT battle with his teammate.

The race was a huge draw for the Australian crowd as an estimated 53,100 fans descended on the track on Sunday, making the estimated three-day attendance a record breaking 122,470.

The series now breaks for two weeks before the season finale at Valencia.

2012 Phillip Island MotoGP Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 175.7 41’01.324
2. 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 175.0 +9.223
3. 16 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 174.6 +14.570
4. 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 174.0 +23.303
5. 11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 174.0 +23.432
6. 10 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 174.0 +23.467
7. 9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 173.0 +37.113
8. 8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 173.0 +38.387
9. 7 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 172.0 +52.613
10. 6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 171.5 +1’00.299
11. 5 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 171.5 +1’00.342
12. 4 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 170.0 +1’21.951
13. 3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 169.6 +1’27.857
14. 2 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 168.3 1 Lap
15. 1 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 166.8 1 Lap
Not Classified
84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 168.2 9 Laps
5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 163.7 21 Laps
77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 167.2 22 Laps
26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 164.9 26 Lap

2012 MotoGP Point Standings (after 17 of 18 rounds):

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 350
2. Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 307
3. Casey STONER Honda AUS 238
4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha ITA 208
5. Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 165
6. Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 157
7. Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 151
8. Stefan BRADL Honda GER 135
9. Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 122
10. Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 88
11. Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 83
13. Randy DE PUNIET ART FRA 58
14. Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 50
15. Michele PIRRO FTR ITA 32
16. James ELLISON ART GBR 28
18. Colin EDWARDS Suter USA 25
19. Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter ITA 19
20. Jonathan REA Honda GBR 17
21. Mattia PASINI ART ITA 13
22. Ivan SILVA BQR SPA 12
23. Toni ELIAS Ducati SPA 10
24. Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha JPN 7
25. Steve RAPP APR USA 2
26. David SALOM BQR SPA 1