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Stoner sets new Australian record

Stoner sets new Australian record

Stoner sets new Australian record

Casey Stoner became the first Australian rider to claim five 250cc Grand Prix victories in a single season by winning last week's inaugural Grand Prix of Turkey in Istanbul, beating the likes of Gregg Hansford and Kel Carruthers in the process.

In 1978, Hansford took second overall after achieving nine rostrum finishes including four wins - as many podium finishes as Stoner has managed so far this year. The following season, Hansford was again second overall, but this time with six second places and not a single win.

In 1969, Carruthers was crowned 250cc World Champion after clinching three wins, but the following year he was unable to retain his title despite managing an extra win and finished runner-up behind Briton Rodney Gould.

Riders who have won races in the 250cc class include Tom Phillis, who won two races in 1961, and Anthony West, winner of the 2003 Dutch TT.

Next week, Stoner will have the opportunity to add a line to his curriculum as he will be aiming for a repeat of his 2003 maiden GP win at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo track.

250cc, 2005, Casey Stoner

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