News 7 Nov 2011

Stoner picks up MotoGP championship trophy in Awards Ceremony

Aussie Casey Stoner picks up his trophy as MotoGP World Champion.

Aussie Casey Stoner picks up his trophy as MotoGP World Champion.

Casey Stoner picked up his 2011 FIM MotoGP World Championship trophy in Valencia on Sunday evening, when the traditional end of season Awards Ceremony took place at the Auditori Mar Rojo de L’Oceanogràfic in the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciencies.

The Repsol Honda rider took centre stage at the end of the evening as the night’s events culminated with his collection of the trophy, with viewers around the world watching a live broadcast of the event.

Presenters Gavin Emmett and Izaskun Ruiz were joined on stage by President of the Generalitat Valenciana Mr. Alberto Fabra, Mayoress of Valencia Ms. Rita Barberá and Dorna Sports CEO Mr. Carmelo Ezpeleta. FIM President Mr. Vito Ippolito, IRTA President Mr. Hervé Poncharal and FIM CCR Director Mr. Rezsö Bulcsu were also on hand to present awards throughout the course of the evening.

Before Stoner received his award a number of other prizes were handed out as Moto2 World Champion Stefan Bradl and the last-ever 125cc title winner Nico Terol were both presented with their trophies.

The recognition of a series of other notable achievements saw prizes awarded for the Rookie of the Year in each World Championship category, the BMW M Award for best qualifier in the MotoGP class, the Tissot Pole of Poles, Best Grand Prix, the Team and Manufacturer World Championship titles, the Michel Metraux Trophy (Moto2 and 125cc), the Shoya Tomizawa Fair Play Award, and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.