Casey Stoner

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Winning a MotoGP championship title at just 21, Australian rider Casey Stoner earned his place among the great heroes of the sport in only his second season as a competitor in the 800cc category.

Riding for the Repsol Honda team in 2011 on the new RC212V, Casey joins European stars Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso to complete the line-up. He made a good start with the new team, winning the Qatar GP at the beginning of the season.

The patriotic Australian made his Grand Prix debut in 2001 in the 125cc class, taking the overall World Champion title in 2003 before moving up to the 250cc class in 2004. Blazing a trail and leaving others in his wake, Casey took the title in his first year and made it back-to-back championship wins after nailing the 2005 series.

Since 2007 he’s been battling it out in the 800cc MotoGP class where he was part of the Ducati Corse team for four years, bringing the title home in his first season with the Italian outfit. He left the team with an upbeat goodbye after finishing 2nd in the Valencia race at the end of 2010.

While he wasn’t able to add a final victory to his 23 wins for the team, it was his 42nd podium in four years. It’s certainly an impressive scoresheet for the kid who won his first race before he was even nine years old and it looks as though the resilient Aussie will be pushing harder than ever with Honda.