Aussie Casey Stoner Wins the 2011 MotoGP World Championship on His Birthday at Home
October 16, 2011
Casey Stoner could not have asked for a better present for his 26th birthday than winning his second Moto Grand Prix World Championship at his home track at Phillip Island near Melbourne in Australia.
Stoner's other championship came in 2007 when he sped to victory upon the Ducati Desmondici. This year he won nine of the 18 races aboard the factory Honda RC212V motorcycle. Stoner now becomes only the fifth rider in history to win the championship while riding two different manufactures.
With two races left in 2011, the Australian also has become the pole position leader in MotoGP history with 11 race starts in the front spot on the grid. The 2011 season also saw him off the podium only once after a controversial crash with Italian superstar Valentino Rossi at Jerez, Spain.