When you win 40 + races before the age of 14, it's pretty obvious that you're going to be a star. That's how Casey Stoner's biography begins, but not where it ends. Stoner has had an extremely successful career, way beyond his early teenage years. Stoner has been racing in the premier class of the MotoGP since 2006, and captured the Championship in 2007.
Born in Australia in 1985 to a motorcycle loving family, Stoner has been around bikes his entire life. Casey entered into his first race at the age of four, and has been racing motorcycles ever since.
Stoner traveld around Australia as a child, racing in just about any race that he could find. By the time he was 14, Stoner had won 41 dirt and long track titles, and 70 state titles. Stoner was obviously talented enough to compete in road racing, but at just 14, he wasn't old enough to race in Australia. He was old enough, however, to race in England. So Stoner's parents packed up shop and moved across the ocean so a young Stoner could try his luck with road racing.
Well, it paid off. Stoner won the English 125cc Aprilia Championship in 2000, his first year of road racing, and immediately attracted sponsors.
Stoner's brimming talent was noticed by MotoGP great Albert Puig, who encouraged Stoner to make the step up and race on the world circuit. Stoner was picked up by the Safilo Oxydo LCR team, and began racing immediately in the 250cc class. Stoner held his own in the 250cc class, but after a season void of podiums, he decided to try his hand in the 125cc class.
Stoner's skills continued to grow and he found himself on more podiums. In 2003, Stoner won his first GP race. In 2004, he gave KTM their first GP race. And in 2005, Stoner earned his best result to date, becoming the runner-up in the 250cc division with Aprilia.
In 2006, Stoner finally got the chance to race in the MotoGP. He finished 8th in his debut year with the satellite Honda team. His impressive debut landed him on a factory ride the following year with Ducati. Stoner would have an amazing 2007 season with Ducati, claiming 10 race wins and the MotoGP championship.
Stoner hasn't been able to duplicate the success of that 2007 season, but he has been close a few times. Stoner followed up his championship season with a second place finish, and in 2009 and 2010, Stoner finished in fourth.
Stoner is changing teams again this year, and it looks like a match made in racing heaven. Stoner and the Repsol Honda team had an amazing preseason, and they clearly have what it takes to put the Australian back on top of the racing world.
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