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MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo cruises to world championship title

2012-10-28 09:33:50

Jorge Lorenzo MotoGP Champion

Jorge Lorenzo secured his second MotoGP world championship as he finished second in the Australian GP.

Australian Casey Stoner won at Phillip Island for the sixth year in a row, but Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa crashed out of the lead.

Pedrosa, who needed to finish ahead of fellow Spaniard Lorenzo to keep the title race alive going into the final race of the season, crashed on lap two.

Briton Cal Crutchlow claimed third, his second podium finish of the season.

Yamaha rider Lorenzo, who won the title in 2010, started the race with a 23-point advantage over Pedrosa and was as good as handed the title when Pedrosa crashed out.

Stoner, who retires at the end of the season, had been dominant from first practice on Friday and was able to cruise to a his fifth victory of the season.

"This moment is so sweet for me," Lorenzo told BBC Sport. "I've been very patient and concentrating hard for so long and now the title has come.

"I was nervous in the last few laps. I almost crashed in turn two but I brought it home."

Dani Pedrosa crashes

Stoner started from pole position but was passed going into the first turn by Lorenzo and Pedrosa.

Pedrosa hit the front at turn five and Stoner moved into second at the end of the first lap.

The title was all but settled in dramatic fashion as Pedrosa ran wide into Honda corner and lost the front end of his bike.

Pedrosa, who attempted to rejoin the race but had to retire, told BBC Sport: "I was trying hard to win. Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn't."

Earlier, Marc Marquez, who is at Repsol Honda next year, sealed the Moto2 title with a third-place finish.

Pol Espargaro took the race win, with Australian Anthony West second and Briton Scott Redding fourth.

New champion Sandro Cortese won the Moto3 race, with British rider Danny Kent in fifth.

Australian MotoGP results:

1. Casey Stoner (Aus) Repsol Honda - 41 minutes 1.324 seconds

2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha - 41:10.547

3. Cal Crutchlow (GB) Tech 3 Yamaha - 41:15.894

4. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Tech 3 Yamaha - 41:24.627

5. Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Gresini Honda - 41:24.756

6. Stefan Bradl (Ger) LCR Honda - 41:24.791

7. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Ducati - 41:38.437

8. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati - 41:39.711

9. Karel Abraham (Cze) Cardion Ducati - 41:53.937

10. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Aspar ART - 42:01.623


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