Australian Grand Prix 26-28 october 2012
 
 

“It was very important to win a race before I retire, and to do it at my home grand prix is just a fairytale.”

(- Casey Stoner, in his post race interview )


All MotoGP events are great, but there is a special pantheon for those few events which transcend ordinary greatness and enter legend.


Phillip Island 2012 will be near the top of this short list.


This was a weekend of Heroes. A weekend for Australia. A weekend of dreams.


This event was also a first in Pole Position Travel history: the first time an event was BIGGER than Brno - our flagship - in a season.  We had more people, more sales, and our largest ever private VIP suite. 80 people in a private pit row suite, with an additional 15 overflowed into the VIP Village; not to mention 40 customers in the paddock as team guests!


The weekend was just a blur.


T
hursday evening we brought 45 people to a fundraiser for Ant West. We had an opening “Australian Young Guns” reception Friday at the track with 100 guests and several speakers, led by 2 Wheels Magazine managing editor Miles Rangeley. 230 people turned up Saturday night for our “Legends” evening featuring Troy Bayliss (pictured, with the Pole Position staff)


We managed to get a number of special guests up to our VIP Suite:  Australian Superbike racers Matt Davies and Mike Jones (both of whom took podiums over the weekend). Moto3 riders Danny Webb and Brad Binder. 3 times world speedway champion Jason Crump. MotoGP star Alvaro Bautista.


On top of all this, we setup a stand in the exhibition hall, a track walk on Thursday, and of course all the usual buses and transports, airports and all. 


At our closing dinner Sunday we were ready to fall asleep in our soup! Fortunately we had Cal’s dad Derek Crutchlow around to keep us amused!


By any standards, this was a mega weekend!

And the racing....


Three races and Aussies on the podium in each!  Aussie Arthur Sissis stole the 3rd place on the podium by 0.05 seconds to the delight of the crowd.  Ant West (pictured) repays our fundraising efforts with interest, doing a sensational race, even passing world champion-to-be Marc Marquez in DRY conditions to take the 2nd  step on the podium.


And of course the MotoGP race was a tour de force for the man retiring into legend, Casey StonerJorge Lorenzo clinches the world championship and our man Cal Crutchlow gets his second podium.


Two world champions crowned.  Casey retiring with honour, winning his last race and dominating the weekend to the sheer joy of the fans.  What a swan song!  What a weekend!!  

 

Phillip Island Circuit, Phillip Island, Australia

Credits:

Photos marked:

GH: Gordon Howell, PPT guide (and photos not marked)

SS: Susie Staton-Cowdery, PPT guide

ET: Eva Technikova, PPT Guide

MGP: Courtesy motogp.com





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An evening with Australian legend Troy Bayliss

Jorge Lorenzo wins the MotoGP world championship (MGP)

As does Marc Marquez in Moto2 (with a sensational podium by Aussie Ant West) (MGP)

But the weekend belonged to Casey Stoner who wins his last ever MotoGP race, in front of his home crowd. (MGP)