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alaywa - Unregistered

August 20, 2009 10:46 PM

According to Spanish websites elPeriodico and motocuatro and Italy's Radio 2 the Spanish rider has reached an agreement with Ducati to ride with the Italian team in 2010.

Ducati and Philip Morris contacted Lorenzo during the Brno round, after Casey Stoner's pullout due to medical reasons. Stoner has been the only rider that has been able to tame the Ducati D16 and take the Bologna based factory to win the MotoGP Championship in 2007 and continue to have multiple wins on the red bike.

alaywa - Unregistered

August 20, 2009 10:46 PM

Livio Suppo has always coddled his star rider, who is allergic to all the PR that surrounds the MotoGP circus, often taking his place in post race interviews when the Aussie rider was not on the podium. When Stoner contacted Ducati to tell them he would not be riding the next three rounds, Philip Morris, who pulls out most of Ducati's sponsorship money, was not happy with Stoner and the way he simply cut himself off from the rest of the world without regards to his contract obbligations.

Even Alberto Vergani from Nolan Helmets, who is Stoner's longtime sponsor and has personally helped the rider in the past, was slightly upset when Stoner did not personally contact him to talk of his decision.

alaywa - Unregistered

August 20, 2009 10:48 PM

that was from twowheelsblog but at least it sources the spanish and italian press and makes a comment on the irritation of Stoner's sponsors in the wake of the decision he made without consulting people!

Jake - Unregistered

August 20, 2009 10:57 PM

These comments contradict each other. IF it's about winning a title and being competative what more could he ask for than for Yamaha to fire Rossi? It's not like there is an obvious different between his and Rossi's bike performance wise. He looks to have all the tools in place to prove his talent head to head against Rossi. How does going to a team/bike that over the past 3yrs has only be able to see success with one rider help his title hopes?

Even if it is simply about money I can't believe he and his people are stupid enough to believe that he should be compensated at the same level as Rossi in a good economy let alone the current one. Doesn't make any sense

Jake - Unregistered

August 20, 2009 11:04 PM

And these comments about his sponors being upset because they weren't consulted are silly. If he is having health issues what is there to consult about? Are they medical professionals? I'm sorry but if that is true then if I were Stoner I'd switch personal sponors because for the last 2yrs he's given them great exposure and now they want to jump on him? Yeah loyalty is a great thing as long as you're winning. That goes for Ducati also if they are offering Jorge more money than Stoner

alaywa - Unregistered

August 20, 2009 11:18 PM

About his sponsors being annoyed with him:

1. Um they are a cigarette company after all! What the hell do they care about anyone's health!

2. No doctors have found anything including Dr. Costa, Spanish Doctors or even a team of American Doctors. So when Stoner made the decision on his own from his break in his home Ausrtalia it may have pissed off a few people. It was remarked that the doctors there were "trusted" at the time. And still nothing has come up. It seems like there is some "searching" going on, either for excuses or an illness. Either way Stoner seems to have not made a team decision on this one and people are losing patience.
BTW nothing new for Duc to lose patience! SG,MM,LC

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