Casey took part in his first race at the age of four, and by the age of nine the young upstart had claimed his first victory. Just five years later Casey had over a hundred titles under his belt and his career path was set.
At 14 it was obvious Casey had the talent to compete in real road racing, but due to the legal minimum age being 16 in his native Australia his family decided to make their way to England.
It was a wise move as Casey enjoyed considerable success in the 125cc and 250cc categories, and before long he debuted in the MotoGP class in 2006. It was a memorable first season, as he took pole in his second GP and a podium in only his third.
A ride with the factory Ducati team in 2007 was his reward, and dominance followed as Casey won 10 races on the way to the title. He repeated the achievement in 2011 on the Repsol Honda, before announcing he would retire from the sport aged just 27 at the end of the 2012 campaign.
Casey hasn't turned his back on motorsports altogether though. In 2013 he's competing in the Australian V8 Supercar series, while MotoGP fans hold out hope of a return to the sport as a wild card in the not-too-distant future.Read more