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October 10, 2008

The 2008 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix

The sixteenth round of the 2008 Grand Prix motorcycle racing (MotoGP) season was recently held on a track on the southern coast of Australia. The 2008 Australian motorcycle Grand Prix took place on Phillip Island, on the weekend of October 3rd, with several practice sessions earlier. Grand prix motorcycle has three classes, 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP - each with their own standings. Winners at the Phillip Island Circuit this year were France's Mike Di Meglio - 125cc, Italy's Marco Simoncelli - 250cc, and Australia's Casey Stoner in MotoGP. The 2008 Grand Finale will take place in Valencia, Spain on October 26th. (23 photos total)

Casey Stoner of Australia and the Ducati Team turns out of a bend during the Australian MotoGP at the Phillip Island Circuit on October 5, 2008 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain sits wearing his helmet in the pits area during the first free practice session of the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island October 3, 2008. (REUTERS/Mick Tsikas) #

Newly-crowned MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi (R) of Italy leads Randy De Puniet (C) of France and compatriot Andrea Davizioso (L) through a corner during the Australian MotoGP race at Phillip Island on October 5, 2008. (PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Japan's Hiroshi Aoyama tumbles off his machine during the first 250cc qualifying session for Sunday's Australian Motorcycling Grand Prix at Phillip Island, Australia, Friday, Oct. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith) #

Valentino Rossi of Italy lifts a wheel during the third MotoGP practice session at the Phillip Island track, some 150 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, on October 4, 2008. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) #

Casey Stoner of Australia and the Ducati Team and Nicky Hayden of the USA and the Repsol Honda Team come over a hill during the Australian MotoGP at the Phillip Island Circuit on October 5, 2008 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #

Colin Edwards of the USA and the Tech 3 Yamaha Team in action during practice for the Australian MotoGP at the Phillip Island Circuit on October 3, 2008 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images) #

(1 of 3) Aprilia 250cc rider Alex Debon of Spain crashes in the first qualifying practice session of the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island October 3, 2008. (REUTERS/Mick Tsikas) #

(2 of 3) Aprilia 250cc rider Alex Debon of Spain crashes in the first qualifying practice session of the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island October 3, 2008. (REUTERS/Mick Tsikas) #

(3 of 3) Aprilia 250cc rider Alex Debon of Spain crashes in the first qualifying practice session of the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island October 3, 2008. (REUTERS/Mick Tsikas) #

Nicky Hayden of the US (R) passes Italian Valentino Rossi (L) during the second MotoGP practice session at Australia's Phillip Island track on October 3, 2008. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) #

Randy De Puniet of France powers through "Siberia Corner" during the Australian MotoGP race at Phillip Island on October 5, 2008. (PAUL CROCK / AFP/Getty Images) #

Ducati MotoGP rider Casey Stoner of Australia rides during the third free practice session of the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island October 4, 2008. (REUTERS/Mick Tsikas) #

Marco Simoncelli of Italy puts on a show for the crowd after winning the 250cc race at the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island on October 5, 2008. Simoncelli held off a spirited challenge from championship rival Alvaro Bautista to win the Australian Grand Prix and edge closer to his first 250cc world crown. (PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Alvaro Bautista of Spain leans heavily into a corner during the final qualifying session for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island on October 4, 2008. (PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Lorenzo Zanetti of Italy crashes, but later posted the 20th fastest time in the 125cc class of the Australian Grand Prix at the Phillip Island track, on October 4, 2008. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) #

Hector Faubel (foreground) of Spain recovers after being thrown from his bike during the 250cc race of the Australian Grand Prix at the Phillip Island track, on October 5, 2008. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) #

Australia's Casey Stoner leans into a corner on the first lap during the 2008 Australian MotoGP in Phillip Island, Australia, on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008. Stoner won the race ahead of Italy's Valentino Rossi and America's Nicky Hayden. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith) #

A seagull flies into the path of Alvaro Bautista of Spain and the Mapfree Aspar Team during 250cc race at the Phillip Island Circuit on October 5, 2008 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #

Jorge Lorenzo of Spain lifts a wheel during the first MotoGP practice session at the Phillip Island track on October 3, 2008. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) #

Casey Stoner of Australia and the Ducati Team in action on a wet track, during a practice run for the Australian MotoGP at the Phillip Island Circuit on October 3, 2008 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images) #

Marco Simoncelli of Italy and the Metis Gilera Team celebrates winning the 250cc race at the Phillip Island Circuit on October 5, 2008 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #

Marco Simoncelli of Italy kisses his trophy after winning the 250cc race of the Australian Grand Prix at the Phillip Island track on October 5, 2008. Alvaro Bautista of Spain finished in second and Mika Kallio of Finland in third. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) #

 
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