ProfileCasey Stoner joined the premier class in 2006 with the satellite Honda LCR team after working his way through the 125cc and 250cc ranks following his GP debut as a 125cc wildcard at Donington Park in 2001. His switch to Ducati in 2007 proved to be the catalyst for his potential, starting with his first MotoGP victory at round one in Qatar, followed by 9 more which ultimately gave him the Championship title. Stoner set out to defend his title in 2008 but rare mistakes and pressure from Valentino Rossi left him 2nd in the Championship. Stoner 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.