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Stoner wins final MotoGP Race at Phillip Island

Stoner wins Australian MotoGP Source: Tom Griffiths, The SportingJournal

Aussie Casey Stoner reached the climax in his MotoGP career, winning his final Australian MotoGP race before retiring as Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo takes out the Championship title.

A sixth consecutive win for Stoner at Phillip Island was the last the 27 year-old would race on home soil before leaving the sport. A combination of consistent performances throughout the weekend were key for Stoner, successfully posting strong qualifying and practice times and securing a front row grid position for the big race.

Stoner lead the field by 9 seconds at the Checkered flag, a dream finish for the former World Champion.

“It was very important to win a race before I retire and to do it at my home grand prix is just a fairytale. The whole weekend has gone almost to perfection and… everything has just been amazing,’ said Stoner.

‘It’s a sad feeling more than disappointment; I pushed as hard as I could; I did what I had to do and I have no regrets for my riding, especially this season.’

The SportingJournal’s Tom Griffiths was down a Phillip Island for MotoGP, check out Casey’s fairytale win in pictures.

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All images copyright TOM GRIFFITHS, The SportingJournal 2012

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