MotoGP Rider of the Year 2011:1st Casey StonerYour score out of 10: 8.70 (average)

Team: Repsol Honda TeamBike: RC212V (factory)Wins: 10Podiums: 16Poles: 12Championship points: 350 (20.6 points per start average)Championship position: 1st

After a fantastic first season at Repsol Honda, it is no surprise that viewers voted Casey Stoner as their 2011 MotoGP Rider of the Year.

Stoner won from pole on his RC212V debut in Qatar and went on to dominate the season, claiming more wins, podiums, poles, fastest laps and of course points than any other rider.

The Australian's second world title was also the first for Honda since 2006 and Stoner stood on the podium in every race he finished. The former Ducati world champion's only DNF occurred when he was taken out by a falling Valentino Rossi at Jerez.

The next best Honda rider in the championship standings, team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in third, scored 122 points less than Stoner over the 17 rounds, while factory Ducati replacement Rossi couldn't get close to Stoner's achievements with the Desmosedici.

Stoner won the fan vote with an average score of 8.70 out of 10. Congratulations Casey!'s MotoGP Rider of the Year vote 2011:
1. Casey Stoner 8.70
2. Marco Simoncelli 8.46
3. Jorge Lorenzo 7.86
4. Ben Spies 7.32
5. Dani Pedrosa 7.24
6. Andrea Dovizioso 7.07
7. Alvaro Bautista 6.81
8. Colin Edwards 6.20
9. Nicky Hayden 6.00
10. Valentino Rossi 5.96

About the vote: Over 79,000 votes were cast during this year's MotoGP poll, which asked viewers to award each of the 17 full-time riders a score out of 10.

As well as results, viewers were asked to take into account factors such as machinery specification, performance relative to team-mates, injuries, plus the ability to communicate with fans and promote the sport.

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