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Stoner delighted with second consecutive home win

Stoner delighted with second consecutive home win

Repeating his 2007 Phillip Island victory on Sunday, Casey Stoner was understandably pleased with his 6.5s win in the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Another success story for Casey Stoner and another difficult weekend for his colleague Marco Melandri, who has just two more races with Ducati before a chance to revive his fortunes with Kawasaki next season.

Casey Stoner - first

`This weekend has been a bit like the whole season - up and down! Thankfully it has finished on a high and it´s a great feeling to win my home Grand Prix in front of all these wonderful fans, with my family here too. That´s largely down to the hard work of my team because we´ve had some issues with the bike here but today it felt great and I was able to push hard from the first lap. Sometimes at this track you can have the best pace but still get dragged into a battle but I was able to get away, even though Nicky (Hayden) chased me hard for a long time before eventually dropping off and giving me some breathing space. It´s been a great year for me and even though we haven´t won the title I feel proud of our achievements. If we can battle for the championship again next year that would be great but for now I´m just going to enjoy winning my home GP.´

Marco Melandri - sixteenth

`It has been a really difficult weekend for us. Unfortunately we´ve never been able to find the right setting for the bike and some really strange crashes have set us back even more. The one form this morning left me in some pain and this made things even more complicated.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Marco Melandri, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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