Stoner Owns Laguna Seca
Casey Stoner stole the show at the Laguna Seca Raceway this past weekend. On Friday he recorded the fastest practice lap, Saturday he set a track record with the fastest lap time ever at Laguna Seca earning him top pole position, which culminated with his schooling of the competition and leading all 32 laps of the race. This win was the first time Ducati had won at Laguna Seca and was the fourth time in a row that an Oakley athlete had won in Monterey, CA (Nicky Hayden had won the last three).
When asked what he thought of the weekend’s results, Casey stated, “It’s been an awesome weekend—I’m stoked. I can’t remember too many riders winning pole, the race and the lap record – I’m very proud to be in that club.”
Stoner, 21, has only been with Oakley for a year, but it’s been one hell of a year. He’s won six MotoGPs with two additional podium finishes and leads the Championships with 196 points. Stoner was untouchable at Laguna Seca, claiming a rare triple crown on the way to his sixth win of the season, a performance he described as his finest moment in MotoGP.
A very outgoing and adventure driven individual, Casey likes spending his down time hunting on his property in Australia for mostly deer and goat. Stoner prefers using the bow for hunting down his prey, and admitted to the crew from Oakley that he buys himself a new bow after every MotoGP race win. I guess Casey will be buying himself a new bow pretty soon with his complete domination at Laguna over the weekend. Stoner travels with his beautiful wife to every stop and enjoys playing MotoGP on his Playstation to stay fresh and on his game.
Between the ages of 6-14, Casey raced all over Australia, winning 41 dirt and long track titles and over 70 State titles. When he was 12, Casey raced the Australian Long Track Titles on the NSW Central Coast in five different categories with seven rounds in each capacity; a total of 35 races over the one weekend! He won 32 out of those 35 races and took five out of five Australian titles in the one meet. When he was 14, Casey’s parents moved him to England to start his racing career early.
He went on to take out the English 125cc Aprilia Championship in 2000, in his first year of road racing. In 2005 Casey finished second in the 250cc class. In 2006 he moved to the 990cc premier class and in his rookie year took a pole position and second place.
Stoner wears the Ducati Gascan. When he’s bow hunting on his property in Australia, he wears custom camouflage radar and camo half jackets.