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MotoGP’s 2011 Tour Concludes With Aussie’s Stoner Sealing His Championship

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Stoner, assured of champion’s crown after event number sixteen, ends his incredible year in style by again taking first place in a rain-marred race in Spain.

Valencia, Spain; November 6th – It was no secret that Casey Stoner would be crowned MotoGP’s 2011 World Champion at the conclusion of motorcycle racing’s most prestigious year-long season. Stoner had mathematically eliminated all other riders before an audience of his Australian countrymen in October. Today, in Valencia, Spain riding for the Repsol Honda Team and no real incentive or prize other than pride in his craft, Stoner won the Generali de la Comunitat at Valencia to notch his 10th first-place finish of the eighteen-event tour in 2011 and the renewal of his title since 2008.

The finish was exceptionally close. The distance between Stoner and the second-place finisher-American Ben Spies riding for The Yamaha Factory Team-was only 15/1000th of a second which translates to a distance of ¼ of the front tire’s rotation. In third place, riding for Repsol Honda , was Italian Andrea Dovizsioso, 5.9 seconds behind the winner. Stoner’s strategy to win under the track’s treacherous conditions was to take the lead from the pole position  and pull away from the pack  and not risk a crash and then a  pileup of machines –even that could happen among the best riders. He took the comfortable lead for 20 laps allowing Spies to pass, take the lead and perhaps crash on the wet track. The capable Stoner aboard the powerful Honda rode with caution and would then steal the lead along the final straightaway and remarkably go on to win.

Stoner finished in a time of 48 minutes, 18.645 seconds averaging 149 kmh (92.7mph.) with a top speed of 309.9 kmh (192.56 mph.)

Crashing out on the first turn and first lap were Alvaro Bautista of Rizla Suzuki forcing Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden of Ducati into the gravel along with Randy dePuniet of Pramac Ducati- the four riders startled and stunned- retiring in this last round of the tour.

With the conclusion of the nearly 8-month event tour, Stoner was crowned world champion with 360 points for the tour. 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo who sat out the last two events with injuries finished a distant second for the year with 250 points and Andrea Dovizsioso who signs up with the Yamaha Factory Team in 2012 finished in third with 228 points. Stoner’s victory was so dominating that the points he earned in his first place finishes totaled 250 points. The other 110 points came from the eight other events, each of which found him on the winner’s podium collecting points.

Casey Stoner’s win today places him in the fifth highest ranking of the greatest riders of all time with Valentino Rossi, Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan and Mike Hailwood, respectively.

The 2011 tour was history, Stoner’s incredible journey complete. And as the riders, crews and engineers brought 2011 to a close, they looked to the winter to retool, re-enginneer and prepare for a new journey-the taming of the new1000cc monster engine for the 2012 MotoGP competition.

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