Casey Stoner became the third premier-class world champion since 2001 with a phenomenal second season in the category; his first as a works Ducati rider.
With a background in Australian dirt-track, Stoner boldly moved to Europe as a teenager, where he shone on a 125cc machine in the UK and Spain. A five-year rise into MotoGP saw two 125cc wins and five 250cc successes, and he even managed a podium result with 2nd place on only his third MotoGP outing in 2006.
Stoner is the second youngest rider to win the premier class title after 1983 Champion Freddie Spencer. His debut win in Qatar in 2007 made him the first Australian rider to win in all three current GP classes.
He moved to factory Honda for the 2011 season, a switch that proved a resounding success. By the time Stoner clinched the 2011 title with a win at Phillip Island, he had already taken 9 victories. Stoner closed the 800cc era in Valencia with a 10th victory. 2012 will see the Australian focused on defending his title and giving Honda a consecutive rider title in the World Championship.