Casey Joel Stoner is an Australian former professional motorcycle racer who won the MotoGP World Championship on two occasions, in 2007 and 2011. Stoner presently works for Ducati as a test and development rider. Stoner was born on the 16th of October 1985 in Southport, Queensland, Australia, and began racing at an early age and moved to the United Kingdom to follow his dream. Stoner won the MotoGP World Championship for Ducati in 2007 after initially competing internationally in 2002. Stoner’s ability to push any motorcycle to its limits was one of his biggest strengths. He even won races on the inferior Ducati after Honda and Yamaha had advanced in development in recent years.
Early Years Career
He raced for the first time at Mike Hatcher’s dirt racing track on Australia’s Gold Coast when he was four years old in a race for children under nine. Stoner won 41 dirt and long track championships and 70 state championships between six and fourteen.
At twelve, he accomplished a feat that showed his love and “need” for racing. Over the course of one weekend, he raced in five different categories in all seven rounds of each capacity, totaling 35 races. Stoner competed in all of these categories and with varying engine capabilities, but he also won 32 of the 35 races. There were five Australian titles to be won that weekend, and Stoner took home all five.
Stoner and his parents decided at the age of 14 that he was ready to move on to road racing, so they packed their belongings and traveled to England, where the minimum age to participate in road racing is 14. He competed in the 125cc GP championships in the United Kingdom and Spain from 2000 to 2002, winning the English 125cc Aprilia Championship in 2000 before switching to the 250cc GP World Championships full-time in 2002. Under the supervision of Lucio Cecchinello, his season on an Aprilia was turbulent, with no podium places from 15 race starts.
Stoner switched to the 125cc GP category in 2003. He had a lot of success here, working with Cecchinello and Aprilia again, winning his maiden GP race, and finishing eighth at the end of the season.
Stoner joined the Red Bull KTM factory team in the 125cc class in 2004 and continued to progress, winning another race, finishing second twice, third three times, and finishing fifth in the championship.
In 2005, Stoner returned to the 250cc world championship class, riding for Lucio Cecchinello’s team on a works Aprilia. Stoner posed a serious threat to championship leader Dani Pedrosa until a crash at Stoner’s home Grand Prix of Phillip Island, which allowed Pedrosa to establish an insurmountable points lead. Stoner finished a strong second in the overall championship standings, with a season-high five race wins.
Stoner won the MotoGP World Championship while racing for Ducati in 2007, and it is the only championship that Ducati has ever won. Stoner won his second world championship title for Repsol Honda in 2011 after switching from Ducati to Honda after the 2010 season. He dominated the championship with eleven Grand Prix victories, which he completed by winning his home race with two races remaining.
Most Successful Race
The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix was Stoner’s most successful race, which he dominated with six straight victories until his retirement, never losing on a factory bike. His next greatest races were four wins in Qatar, three wins in Great Britain, and three in Laguna Seca. In addition, during his racing career, Casey Stoner won every single Grand Prix that was possible. As a result, he has won 21 Grand Prix events.
Stoner announced his retirement from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season during the pre-event press conference at the French Grand Prix on May 17, 2012. Stoner indicated that one of the reasons for his retirement was because he no longer loved competing in the series. Other reasons for his retirement included a desire to spend more time casually with his family and a desire to get away from the political tension of MotoGP. In a June 2014 interview, Stoner stated that he enjoyed his time away from the sport with his family and had no regrets about his decision to retire.
Stoner’s father, Colin, stated that he would be delighted if his son returned to Australia after retiring from MotoGP and started a new career as an entrepreneur in animal husbandry and agriculture. Stoner then had a tremendous desire to carry out his father’s remarks, and he had a strong urge to do so. Stoner also hopes to build a race school in Australia, where he hopes to invite young men and women to participate in an international racing event.