STONER DOMINATES PHILLIP ISLAND
Casey Stoner has continued his dominance of his home grand prix, taking out his fourth consecutive Australian MotoGP victory at Phillip Island with a dominant display at the weekend.
Stoner was quickest all weekend, taking pole position and leading from start to finish to claim the victory by more than 8.5 seconds from newly-crowned world champion Jorge Lorenzo.
"This feels really nice. I think when I won two in a row here nobody expected me to make it three but having done that I felt there was a lot of expectation on me," Stoner said.
"I am really happy with the way I rode today but every single person in the team has done a great job this weekend so my thanks go to them and I hope we can keep it going to the end of the season."
The Australian race marked the first weekend that Bridgestone's softer option asymmetric rear slicks featured the new extra soft compound in the right shoulders for improved warm-up performance and grip in the cold.
"Track conditions for the race were the best of the weekend but grip was still not ideal and still relatively low compared to last year," said Tohru Ubukata, Manager of Bridgestone's Motorcycle Tyre Development Department.
"Casey's first laps of the race were incredible, including a 1m 30.8s on his second lap so I think this is a good indication of the improved warm-up and rider confidence this extra soft compound gives right from the start.
"I want to congratulate Casey for his fourth consecutive win at his home grand prix, all on Bridgestone tyres."
The teams now return to Europe for the penultimate event of the year, the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril.