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This year there have been some major changes at Phillip Island, some very welcome changes. First thing we noticed were the improved parking facilities. This gave as an introduction to the overall polish we would come to find with well prepared staff ready to facilitate us. Moving through the grounds we found improved paths to alleviate rain issues, and the corporate tents were completely segregated from the public with only two points of entry. This gave us our own toilets (awesome) and kept the unwashed masses away.
The weekend has been amazing with the weather, and only at the end of day two have we started to get a few drops of rain.
Incidents on the track have been few, but the historic event on day two in the morning provided a nice even spray of oil down the main straight and into turn one. The Moto2 class also had its share of excitement with a major rear end collision on turn three.
The crowds are already big on day two, and we’re all looking forward to seeing Casey Stoner start on poll tomorrow afternoon.
Race day gave us a mix of weather:sunny, then wet and windy, then sunny, then mayyyyybe rain… Typical Melbourne.
The Moto2 class was exciting as always with Marquez (causer of day 2’s rear ender) coming from his penalised position at the end of the pack to take a podium position of 3rd. Amazing stuff.
Moto GP gave us a battle of the Hondas with Casey leading the pack all the way and Pedrosa, Somoncelli abd Davisioso fight for second and third. Rain touched the track in the final two laps with riders sliding off on slicks as they tried to hold off calling into the pits. In the end Stoner came over the line winning the race. After a painful accident in qualifying by Lorenzo that removed half of his finger, stoner was free to claim the World Championship for 2011.
This gave him a win at home, on his birthday, and the 2011 crown.
Go Australia and go Casey on the Repsol Honda!