“Sport and Life”
At the young age of 15 years old, he participated in his first Grand Prix, racing for Aprilia in the 125cc class. The following year, he made his debut in the premier class by becoming the youngest driver to qualify in the first two rows of a 250cc Grand Prix.
At barely twenty, he made his debut in MotoGP, piloting a Honda RC211V, where he immediately established himself as one of the top riders of the 250cc class.
Contracted by Ducati alongside Capirossi, he won his first World Championship at Motegi, Japan with three races to spare, decreeing a return to victory of an Italian-made bike manufacturer in the premier class after over 30 years
After being claimed an official HRC rider, he achieved his second world title on the new Honda, becoming world champion on his 26th birthday, right in his own homeland of Australia. He retired from racing on November 11th, 2012 after taking 3rd place at the Valencia Grand Prix.