New World Champion Lorenzo cruised to an equally lonely second place on his Fiat Yamaha, after realizing that although he was keeping Stoner honest, there was no way he was going to catch the fleeing Ducati rider. Lorenzo had to work his way into second after Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden both forced their way past through the first two corners. Spies ended up running a bit wide on the run out of Turn One and when he tried to make the ground back up on the entrance to Turn Two, the Texan very nearly collected Lorenzo as the Majorcan dove for the apex. Luckily there was no major contact, but the dicing allowed Stoner to build a lead he would never relinquish. "Yes, I knew it," Lorenzo admitted regarding how difficult it would be to beat Stoner at Phillip Island this weekend. "I knew it, because Casey had won the three race here in a row, so I just tried my best. I ride best as I could and in some laps it seems the gap was getting close, but a little bit, just a little bit; then the next lap, another more tenths for Casey. In the middle of the race, I thought, OK, today's it's better not to take more risk and just finish second and be happy with this position.
Normally I don't see on the grid any rider because I want to concentrate in myself, but this time I just look the tire of Casey and it was completely new. So I think he has only one lap to warm up the tire. But he just goes so fast on first lap to open a gap of 1.5 seconds or maybe two in the first lap, so when I saw that, I just keep trying, but with little hopes, no? So I just enjoy riding and sliding, but, you know, today was Casey's victory."