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Stoner receives Young Australian of the Year award

Stoner receives Young Australian of the Year award

MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner has been named as Young Australian of the Year 2008 and presented with his award by the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, who acknowledged the 22 year old rider's remarkable achievements over the last 12 months.

MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner has been named as Young Australian of the Year 2008 and presented with his award by the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, who acknowledged the 22 year old rider's remarkable achievements over the last 12 months.

Stoner and musician Lee Kernaghan, who was named Australian of the Year 2008 for his contributions to drought-affected communities, received their awards at a ceremony in front of Parliament House in Canberra.

They earned the Prime Minister's praise as he commented: "This year's award recipients are great examples of passion and commitment. They are proud Australians who have earned our respect and our admiration."

Stoner made history last season as he became the second youngest premier class World Champion ever, winning ten races en route to the title in his first year with Ducati.

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MotoGP, 2008, Casey Stoner

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