Phillip Island's high-speed 'turn 3' now has a new name: Stoner Corner.
Named in honour of retiring MotoGP world champion - and five-time winner at the Island - Casey Stoner, the turn is a part of the track which Stoner has made his own: few can get around the way he can.
Stoner was asked which corner he wanted to bear his name and he nominated the 250km/h left-hander, which he took at 262km/h in 2011 MotoGP qualifying.
"Turn three is probably my favourite one in the world. I am almost flat out in fifth gear through there and that is pretty damn fast and it really gets your blood flowing,” Stoner said.
The MotoGP roadshow is at Phillip Island this weekend for Stoner's final Australian Grand Prix appearance on a MotoGP machine.
“Casey, like you, we think Phillip Island is a very special place in the world of motorsport. We congratulate you on what you have achieved here and declare, that from this day on, turn three will now be named Stoner Corner in your honour,” circuit owner Lindsay Fox said.
Stoner's name now joins those of Gardner and Doohan - the main straight named after the former and turn one the latter.
After this weekend's race, the famed track will get a 60th birthday present - a $3 million resurfacing.
The Australian MotoGP Grand Prix takes place on Sunday.
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