Australia’s two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner was honoured on Thursday with a slice of his favourite Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, the high speed turn three – the site of so many of Stoner’s thrilling sliding manoeuvres – to be now known as “Stoner Corner”.
The naming announced by Andrew Fox of circuit owners, the Linfox Property Group, is in recognition of Stoner’s sensational road racing career and total dominance of Phillip Island from 2007 where he has claimed five consecutive MotoGP victories.
“Turn three is probably my favourite one in the world,” Stoner said. “I am almost flat out in fifth gear through there and that is pretty damn fast and it really gets your blood flowing that’s for sure. It always gives me a great rush going through there so to have a corner named after me at Phillip Island is something quite special. It is a great privilege.”
Apart from turn one, which is already named after five-time world 500 GP champion Mick Doohan, Stoner was given free rein by the Fox family and the Phillip Island circuit management to choose what part of the circuit would have his imprint – and without hesitation he nominated turn three, a fast downhill left-hander which MotoGP riders hit at over 250km/h. And the turn’s a constant reminder of Stoner’s sublime talent as he ‘hangs’ the rear tire out lap after lap.
“This year we celebrate the circuit’s 60th year and are about to embark on a $3 million track resurfacing and upgrade,” added circuit chief Fergus Cameron, who has managed the circuit since 1984. “In the entire 60 years, there are only two riders who been recognized in this way and that is the man who bought international motorcycle racing to life in Australia, Wayne Gardner, with Gardner Straight and of course five times World Champion, Mick Doohan was gifted Doohan Corner. But no-one has set Phillip Island alight, and thrilled our fans, time and time again like Casey. Casey, we congratulate you on an incredible career and now with Stoner Corner your performances at the island will always be hailed and remembered.”
–From Repsol Honda