October 17, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Casey Stoner raced to his ninth victory this season in the MotoGP class of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2011 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Series, held on Sunday, October 16. With this win, Stoner has now sealed the Riders Championship and Honda has secured the Constructors’ Championship without waiting for the final two races of the season.
Remarks of Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
“First, I would like to convey my thanks and hearty congratulations to Casey Stoner for clinching the Riders Championship. Since the season opening, Casey has proven to be a rider whom we can steadfastly rely on because he always responds to our expectations. Thanks to the hard efforts of the other riders and racing staff, I am genuinely pleased that after five long years, Honda is now assured of its first Constructors’ Championship since 2006. Coming on the heels of the Great East Japan Earthquake, this season proved to be more challenging than normal, so we could only claim these two titles today with the constant and avid support of our fans around the world, which we greatly appreciate.”
Remarks of Tetsuo Suzuki, President of Honda Racing Corporation
“It is with great pride that I stand here on the day Honda takes its 60th Constructors’ Title. We have a very proud and long history since Mr. Soichiro Honda first declared to enter road racing in 1954, working hard to develop and produce the most innovative machines. It is a credit to our dedicated team who always strive to break boundaries and expand our engineering methods to create these wonderful bikes and to our talented riders with whom this feat would not have been possible. I would also like to thank all our sponsors and technical partners for their valuable support and input, it has been five years since we won our last Championship and I am honored to see that HRC is back and stronger than ever. Thank you to Casey, Dani and Andrea and all the team that work so hard, week in and week out, and also a very special thanks must go to all our fans across the globe, we appreciate every one of you.”
* Total Honda victories in the Constructors’ Championship
Road Racing World Championship premier class (MotoGP: 5, 500cc: 13), 350cc class: 6, 250cc class: 19, 125cc class: 15, 50cc class: 2.