A Lap Of Phillip Island With Casey Stoner

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If anybody knows Philip Island circuit metre by metre —4.448 metres—, then that person is Casey Stoner. The Repsol Honda Team rider competes this weekend at home, where he has his first chance to become 2011 MotoGP World Champion. The Aussie’s results in this track are perfect: four consecutive wins in the last four years and a sixth place in 2006, his debut year in MotoGP, as his worst result ever. Stoner unveils the secrets of this special track, appreciated by all the riders in the World Championship grid.

Surrounded by a magnificent landscape and with a view to the sea, the Australian track is one of the fastest and flowing circuits of the calendar. Of the 12 corners —7 left-hand and 5 right-hand— that form the circuit, only two are taken under 100km/h. The current leader of the championship highlights the maximum concentration that has to be kept at all times, due to the high speeds at which most of the corners are taken. For the Repsol Honda Team rider, there are two corners that can be key for the race. The “MG” corner and the last one before entering the Finish straight will be the points where the riders will overtake each other and will be crucial for the outcome of the race.

On Sunday, which is also his birthday —turning 26—, Phillip Island can be for Casey Stoner not only the track where he has achieved undeniably his best results of the last years, but also the circuit where he could win his second crown as MotoGP king. To make it possible, the Repsol rider must score 10 points more than his only rival still with chances to fight for the World Championship, Jorge Lorenzo. He competes at home and has achieved 13 consecutive podium this year, so it is possible.

Source: Repsol Media