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Casey Stoner: Six of the best

The victory spurred Stoner on to dominate the second half of the 2011 season, winning five of the remaining seven rounds to clinch the crown with two races to spare.

Number 4: 2011 British MotoGP, Silverstone - Round 6: Ayrton Senna believed rain to be the great leveller, where a rider or driver could showcase their talents regardless of their machinery. With that in mind, Stoner's dominant display at a near underwater Silverstone in his second championship year must rank among his best.

Lorenzo had won the first wet race of the year comfortably at Jerez, after Stoner was taken out by a charging Valentino Rossi. Both Stoner and Lorenzo were starting from the front row at Silverstone, with a straight-up duel between the two title favourites looking likely.

But come the race no-one got close to Stoner - many of his closest competitors falling while trying to match his pace.

After starting tentatively, Lorenzo set about reducing the gap to second place Andrea Dovizioso, but fell spectacularly coming out of Abbey leading to his first non-score in 25 races. Marco Simoncelli fell two laps later at the same corner.

Stoner eventually crossed the line over 15-seconds ahead of team-mate Dovizioso.

Even Rossi's race engineer Jerry Burgess was impressed: “They were atrocious conditions and those behind him fell by the wayside trying to keep up with him. In a race where he could have been more conservative, he was inch perfect for the whole race and I think that was one of his great rides.”

Number 3: 2009 Australian MotoGP, Phillip Island - Round 15: Stoner's sixth successive Phillip Island victory last month confirmed complete mastery of his home circuit: Since 2007, Stoner has led all but 2 of the 162 Australian Grand Prix race laps (the opening laps in '09 and '12) - a feat unlikely to be repeated.

Due to such dominance, none of Stoner's six home MotoGP wins were absolute thrillers, but most can appreciate the majesty of his throttle control, letting it all hang out around what is now officially 'Stoner Corner'.

Any of Stoner's home wins could feature on this list: His first triumph in 2007, wrapping up the title on his birthday in 2011, or claiming his first victory since returning from ankle surgery - and what would be his last grand prix win - in 2012.

But 2009 also catches the eye. It had been a strange season for the Australian. After starting the year consistently he found his riding was becoming hampered by physical exhaustion.

After seeming to accept the championship was out of reach after Ducati's 'hero or zero' tyre choice at Donington Park, Stoner took a three-race break to discover the cause of his fatigue problems (eventually diagnosed as lactose intolerance).

Despite scepticism during his absence, he returned the race before Australia, finishing second at Estoril.





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Casey Stoner (AUS), Ducati Marlboro Team, Ducati, 27, 2007 MotoGP World Championship, Round 7, Catalunya, Spain, 10 June 2007
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Crutchlow and Lorenzo, British MotoGP 2014
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Rossi and Smith, British MotoGP 2014
Rossi and Smith, British MotoGP 2014
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Rossi and Smith, British MotoGP 2014
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Marquez and Rossi, British MotoGP 2014
Marquez and Rossi, British MotoGP 2014
Crutchlow, Marquez, Rossi, British MotoGP 2014
Crutchlow, Marquez, Rossi, British MotoGP 2014
Rossi, British MotoGP 2014
Andrea Migno, Mahindra Moto3, British MotoGP 2014
Andrea Migno, Mahindra Moto3, British MotoGP 2014

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