The Australian success in MotoGP continues unabated, Wayne
Gardner started the modern era success in the Senior Class for Honda, followed by
Mick Doohan's total domination with five straight Senior Class Championships,
again for Honda. Chris Vermeulen and Troy Bayliss kept the flag flying for
Australia until 2007 when a young man by the name of Casey Stoner was given a
chance in the Premier MotoGP Class, Casey may just surpass all Australian
Premier Class Riders before him, he has the youth, the backing and regardless of
health set backs in 2009 came back as strong as ever.
Below I have covered some of the annual MotoGP rounds at Victoria's Phillip
Island, so please have a look at my photographic records....
Please click on the heading or associated image to be taken to
the dedicated page covering the event.....
PHILLIP ISLAND - October 2010:
CASEY DAY!!, there was no other way to describe race day at
Phillip Island in 2010, a quadfecta. I was absolutely delighted to witness Casey Stoner
take his fourth straight MotoGP win at PI just one day after his 25th birthday,
This was Casey's last ride for Ducati at PI, for 2011 he is
returning to Honda machinery with HRC, teaming with Spaniard Danny Pedrosa for
The clickable image says it all, another Phillip Island
trophy for this quiet achiever...
PHILLIP ISLAND -
Casey, again the centre of attention for many reasons, I
jettisoned all the rubbish being quoted by so called experts regarding Casey's
mid season break from proceedings, I'd heard it all before when Freddie Spencer
was bucketed over his wrist issues. At this level of competition a Rider needs
everything going for him, certainly when competing against Vale and riding the
only competitive rider/machine pairing for the Ducati Factory.
Casey's return to racing achieved immediate success in
Estoril with a great second place and the scene was set for a possible hat
trick of wins at his home GP!! No problem, a hat trick and a top three
finish in the overall 2009 MotoGP Championship, a fantastic result given the
PHILLIP ISLAND -
Casey Stoner and the works Ducati, wow. Casey had already won the
2007 Phillip Island MotoGP event and the overall 2007 MotoGP World
Championship for Ducati before the 2008 Phillip Island round, hence his machine
carried the Number 1 Plate throughout the 2008 season.
The anticipation was for Casey to win his 'Home GP' in
front of Australia's fans with a machine carrying that Number 1 plate, Ducati
certainly had the machinery and the professional support crew on hand. No
problem, Casey scored a great victory!!