The penultimate round of the 2012 MotoGP championship will be held this coming weekend at the Australian circuit of Phillip Island. It will be the fair-well Australian MotoGP race for home boy Casey Stoner, as he retires at the end of this year.
Stoner has won at Phillip Island each of the last five years. His home track is his favorite, and the one at which he has been most successful. Two other Australian greats, Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan, have a combined total of five Phillip Island wins, which puts Casey Stoner’s home track achievements in perspective.
Gardner and Doohan have corners of the Phillip Island track named for them, and Stoner will receive a similar honor this Thursday when Turn 3 is renamed Stoner Corner.
Still recovering strength and flexibility from a ankle injury, Stoner’s chances this year are not the best. Dani Pedrosa has been on fire, winning five of the last six races, and Jorge Lorenzo has also had the pace recently to best Stoner. You can bet Stoner will be determined to take his home victory, and keep his streak alive, however. We have heard that ticket sales are double what they were last year, as Australians say goodbye to a national sporting hero.