MotoGP Rider of the Year 2012:3rd
Casey StonerYour score out of 10:
254 (16.9 points per start average)Championship position:
Your 2011 Rider of the Year Casey Stoner dropped from first to third in this year's list, matching his position in the final 2012 Championship standings.
Following a dominant run to the 2011 title in his debut season with Repsol Honda, Stoner came into 2012 as favourite to claim back-to-back championships, but was trailing both Jorge Lorenzo and team-mate Dani Pedrosa when injury at Indianapolis ended his challenge.
By that stage, we already knew Stoner was in the midst of his last MotoGP season, the two-time champion shocking the paddock with the announcement he was heading for retirement.
Though it's difficult to say whether a fully fit Stoner would have bridged the gap to Lorenzo, the Australian's five wins at least ensured he went out at the top of his game.Crash.net's MotoGP Rider of the Year vote 2012:
3. Casey Stoner 7.90
4. Cal Crutchlow
5. Andrea Dovizioso
6. Stefan Bradl
7. Aleix Espargaro
8. Alvaro Bautista
9. Randy de Puniet
10. Nicky Hayden
5.67Your complete ranking, featuring all full-time 2012 MotoGP riders, will be revealed after the winner is announced on December 31.Do you agree the poll results? Leave your comments below...