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Hero's welcome for Stoner in Melbourne

Hero's welcome for Stoner in Melbourne

Newly crowned 2007 MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner was given a heroes welcome by an enthusiastic Australian crowd in Melbourne's Federation Square on Tuesday.

Newly crowned 2007 MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner was given a heroes welcome by an enthusiastic Australian crowd in Melbourne's Federation Square on Tuesday.

The sensational 21 year-old Ducati Marlboro rider made his first public appearance since clinching the title at Motegi just over a fortnight ago, as the anticipation mounted before his first race as champion - at the GMC Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island this weekend.

The rider from New South Wales signed autographs, answered questions on how it feels to be the new king of MotoGP and received the applause of several hundred passionate MotoGP fans - as the gathered masses acknowledged his remarkable achievement in just his second premier class season.

There will be thousands more present willing him to victory at The Island, with Australia's previous two World Champions Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan having won their home Grand Prix during their own illustrious careers.

Stoner has an excellent chance of repeating that trick having won eight of the 14 races held thus far in 2007, but despite the massive public expectations a calm and collected World Champion commented: "To win the championship before coming to my home Grand Prix, it's going to be the least stressful GP I've ever had. I can go out and enjoy the circuit and not worry too much."

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MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner

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