Sunday, October 28

AUSSIE 3-2-1



By MICHAEL ESDAILE


TEENAGER Arthur Sissis got the Air Asia Australian MotoGP weekend rolling for the Aussies with a hard-fought win in the Moto3 race on his KTM, his first GP podium.

That then whet the appetite of the huge crowd on hand to witness Stoner’s Last Stand.  They wanted more and in the Moto2 race that followed, Queenslander Ant West delivered it, with a mighty fighting second place finish behind Pol Espargaro.

Casey Stoner wasn’t about to let the huge home crowd down, and made it six straight wins in the MotoGP class with a flawless performance in the top class.

Not surprisingly, the crowd immediately invaded the pitch to catch a glimpse of their hero while old rival Valentino Rossi crept home 37 seconds in arrears in seventh place on the first factory Ducati home – the brand that Stoner had taken to four of his six wins at the Island.

Stoner responded to the cheering crowd with a burn-out in the pit lane, the Honda popping on its traction control in protest.

He then embraced Jorge Lorenzo in congratulations for his second World MotoGP crown.