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Three Bronzed Aussie Motorcycle World Champions

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Deputy Premier The Hon. Peter Ryan has today unveiled the bronze busts of Australia‰Ûªs only motorcycling World Champions.

The ceremony was held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ‰ÛÒ the home to some of their finest achievements.

Wayne Gardner AM, Mick Doohan AM and Casey Stoner AM all won the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, and their successes at this iconic track and on the world stage changed the face of motorcycling in Australia forever.

Gardner was responsible for bringing the Australian Grand Prix to Phillip Island in 1989 on the strength of his 1987 World Championship victory, appropriately claiming the next two Australian Grand Prix titles.

Compatriot Mick Doohan took Gardner‰Ûªs lead and made Australia the dominant force in the sport with an incredible five consecutive titles of his own. Doohan is a true legend of motorcycle racing; his Honda dominated the 500cc World Championship in the mid-nineties amassing 54 Grand Prix victories.

Casey Stoner, Australia‰Ûªs most recent title holder was not only crowned World Champion twice, but made history with six successive Australian Grand Prix wins at Phillip Island. World Champion in 2007 and 2011, Casey Stoner collected 38 victories in the premier class for Ducati and Honda.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said to conquer the premier class of motorcycling as these men did is an incredible feat, and he was honoured to help celebrate their achievements.

‰ÛÏTo accomplish success at this level requires more than just talent. It requires steely determination, unwavering dedication and an eye for detail ‰ÛÒ these men share each of these admirable character traits,‰Û

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