10. Casey Stoner Dominates

Casey Stoner had a lot to prove this year, joining the Honda factory MotoGP team. Despite winning the 2007 MotoGP Championship with Ducati, Stoner’s critics were out in force, questioning his talent and passion, dismissing him as a petulant whiner and mocking the lactose intolerance that sidelined him for the stretch run of the 2009 season.

But the Australian responded in his first season with the Repsol Honda team by dominating the premiere class with 10 Grand Prix victories and another six podium appearances for his second MotoGP title. Even more impressive was how much he outclassed his own teammates Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso riding the same factory-level Honda RC212V machinery. This was a performance that solidified Stoner as one of GP’s great talents.

Now with 2012 about to dawn, Stoner looks to extend his dominance as MotoGP moves into its new 1000cc era. And as if wearing the #1 plate isn’t enough, Stoner will have some added motivation next season: his wife Adriana is pregnant with their first child.

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