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Dunlop Wins Two Wheel Title Again at Phillip Island

The Phillip Island circuit, some 130 kms south of Melbourne, is situated on top of the cliffs overlooking the ocean and is a riders' favourite - its high speed (176 kph/109 mph average) and long flowing corners produce close racing whilst producing a lot of stress on the rear tyres.

Di Meglio wins the 125cc

Weather is always an issue at the Australian Grand Prix, this being early spring in Australia, but while it rained on Friday, by Sunday the weather was dry, sunny and warm (20C/68F).

Race Highlights

125cc: At 20 years of age, Di Meglio becomes the second French rider to win the 125cc World Championship, six years after Arnaud Vincent, adding his name to the list of Dunlop-shod riders who have won this title every year since Valentino Rossi savoured his first world championship crown in 1997.

250cc: Yet another wheel-to-wheel race between Marco Simoncelli and AlvaroBautista. Bautista led pole-sitter Simoncelli in the early laps, with the KTMs of JulianSimon and Mika Kallio in close attendance. Simoncelli took the lead on lap eight of 25but could not shake off Bautista. Marco Simoncelli takes out the 250cc The two of them traded lap records as the race woreon, never separated by more than 0.3 seconds, with Bautista eventually putting in the fastest lap (172.7 kph/107.3 mph) on lap 22 in a final attempt to take the victory.

December 2008