Another Aussie on the list of MotoGP riders, Casey Stoner is anything but like everybody else. The defending champion in the 2008 season, Casey Stoner is a part of the Ducati Marlboro team and will be putting out another strong performance in the new season.
Casey began competition racing at the age of four and was nine before he won his first race. He had a sister who was involved in racing as well and that is where Casey would get his inspiration, by watching her. He had already won 41 dirt and long track titles & 70 state titles. He had this ‘need’ to race and his hunger was visible at the age of 12. On one particular weekend, Stoner took part in 7 races for five different categories, each. So, his weekend consisted of 35 races out of which he won 32. This was an indication of his addiction to the sport that saw him win all five titles up for grabs on that one weekend.
Since the legal age for road racing was 16, in Australia, the family moved to England so that Casey could move up to road racing at 14. From 2000 to 2002, he took part in the national 125cc GP championships in Britain and in Spain. In 2000, he won the British 125cc Aprilia Championships.
He moved to the 250cc category in 2002 but the move didn’t go down well as a trouble ridden season saw Casey finish with no podium places from 15 races. So he came back to 125cc and with Aprilia, he met considerable success. He won his first international GP race and got three second place finishes to end the season at 8th place overall.
In 2004, he moved to the Red Bull KTM factory team, again in the 125cc class, and continued to make inroads into the series. He won another race, got 5 other podium finishes on his way to fifth in the overall championships.