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How Stoner stacks up against former Australian World Champions

How Stoner stacks up against former Australian World Champions

As an Australian World Champion, Casey Stoner is following in the footsteps of two MotoGP greats from his homeland.

As an Australian World Champion, Casey Stoner is following in the footsteps of two MotoGP greats from his homeland. The duo who set a precedent for the 21 year-old in the premier class are Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner, but how does Stoner's record compare to his fellow Antipodeans after 31 races in the top category of motorcycle racing?

Adjusting the points system to that currently used in MotoGP, Stoner leads the way in nearly every category. The Ducati factory rider has 416 points to his name since his arrival in MotoGP at the start of the 2006 season, 21 points more than Gardner. He holds eight wins, far and away the highest total for any Australian rider in their first 31 races.

In a comparison that includes total points, wins, pole positions and podium finishes, Stoner only misses out in the latter category. Gardner's 15 rostrums is three more than the 2007 MotoGP World Champion's total after 31 Grands Prix.

Stoner is the youngest of the three to win a premier class race, although he made his debut at a more youthful age than either Doohan or Gardner, who both arrived in Grand Prix racing at 23.

Casey Stoner

Wins:8
Podium Finishes12
Pole Positions6
Total Points416
Age at First Win21 years, 145 days

Wayne Gardner

Wins:3
Podium Finishes15
Pole Positions2
Total Points395
Age at First Win26 years, 205 days

Mick Doohan Wins:2
Podium Finishes10
Pole Positions3
Total Points363
Age at First Win25 years, 90 days

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner

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