McLaren spills Stoner thrills

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McLaren spills Stoner thrills

Team McLaren: from left Brooke Hanniver, girlfriend of Moto2 rider Kris McLaren (middle) and Kris’s father Craig supported Leongatha’s local rider during the weekend of racing at the Australian MotoGP on Phillip Island last weekend.

WILDCARD Moto2 rider Kris McLaren of Leongatha came to grief after a good start in the final at Phillip Island, while birthday boy Casey Stoner claimed the MotoGP world championship with his fifth consecutive win yesterday.
Stoner thrilled the 43,800 fans at the Island track on Sunday, leading from the start to finish ahead of second placed Italian Marco Simoncelli and third placed Italian rider, Andrea Dovizioso.
The biggest event in the Bass Coast Shire, the Australian MotoGP attracted some 95,000 enthusiasts to the Island on the weekend, booking out most of the accommodation in the region and packing into hotels, restaurants and cafes.
South Gippsland was abuzz with bikes roaring through town last week and again on Monday, as riders made their way to and from Phillip Island.
Leading into the weekend the privateer McLaren, a 2011 Australian Superbike rider and GP first timer was rated as a chance for a top 20.
Talking to The Star in the pits on Friday, McLaren said he was looking forward to racing in the Moto2 and wasn’t too concerned about the rankings, but he was concentrating on the lap times and was hoping for a 1:35.
McLaren got off to a really good start in the Moto2, working his way from 32nd on the starting grid to 27th at the time of the crash on his 15th lap of the Island circuit.
Alex de Angelis won the Moto2 race for the second year running after a hard fought battle with Stefan Bradl, who regained the championship lead with second place. Marc Márquez rode to a brilliant third place finish after starting from the back of the grid.
McLaren was racing a BRP Racing Suter team bike, the chassis alone worth some $120,000 Euros and team owner Ben Reid rated McLaren highly leading into the event.
From all reports McLaren escaped serious injury and has future plans to race in the Spanish Moto2 championship.
It was a weekend of highs and lows, but even the best of the best can come to grief in this dangerously fast sport including as it did some of the world’s best MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
Champion Aussie rider Casey Stoner’s second MotoGP title could not have been achieved in more fitting circumstances, after the Repsol Honda rider secured the 2011 crown on the day of his 26th birthday and at his home race, the Iveco Australian Grand Prix.

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