MotoGP » Stoner 'has already decided to go', fears Ducati

As speculation over the MotoGP 2011 rider merry-go-round increasingly gathers pace, a well-informed Ducati Marlboro source concedes that 2007 world champion Casey Stoner 'has already decided' to switch to Repsol Honda next year

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Sparky - Unregistered

May 25, 2010 10:49 PM

I dont understand why Casey was thinking about leaving Ducati weeks ago. He did very well last year aside from his illness affected races. And during winter testing he has praised the new motor. What was his dissatisfaction?

damian - Unregistered

May 25, 2010 11:12 PM

De puniet had some good solid performances last year. Yes he has to be more consistant (which he seems to showing so far this season), but i for one, would like to see what he could do now on a factory bike.

Thats the thing with moto gp, yes we have the top few riders that are all on factory bikes, and yes they have earned them and have proven themselves, but its so hard for the other riders on lesser bikes, who could also be up near the front on a factory bike, but until they get the chance, we will never know.

Spies has to beat his team mate first, and prove that he is actually capable of riding a gp bike well.

JOHN - Unregistered

May 25, 2010 11:21 PM

Its all gone downhill for Casey at Ducati :rolleyes: I cant see anything wrong with that bike. Whatever happens - if he does go to Honda, Ducati desperately NEED a rider. Perhaps they will offer Jorge (Lorenzo)more money than he could ever dream of. They may make him as rich as Tiger Woods (Golfer) :blush:

Dr Mike Huntsrunny - Unregistered

May 25, 2010 11:28 PM

5 pages of posts and nobody has bothered to mention the Rossi to Honda bit ?

I personally predict that this will happen... like totally never dude. Hell may well freeze over, pigs can fly, but Rossi on a Honda ? No.


May 25, 2010 11:34 PM

Once again Damian, you are missing the point. Spies (the rookie) is the class of the rookie field. Regardless of his DNFs. He has shown in testing and practice that he carries the speed to run with the top 5. His AMA Championships are absolutely valid. Name me 2 Austailian Superbike champs that have moved to GP in the last 5 years. Same for Canadian Supers. Even BSB. The GP stars lately have grown out of 250s/GP2. Spies is an adaptable Superbike rider. Why? Because unlike his rivals he can absolutely make the bike come to him by adjusting his style to his ride. Most riders will not or cannot do that. They whine about everything and accomplish very little. He can and will win on a GP bike.

Just Observing - Unregistered

May 25, 2010 11:48 PM

I also don' agree with the comment made saying there is nothing wrong with this year's Ducati...

There obviously is as BOTH riders struggle in the early part of the race.. the difference is Hayden has been on crap bikes for so long that he has developed a more patient attitude, which is why he will never win on the Duc as it is because he waits for the bike to come to him and by then he is 20secs behind... but if Casey can keep it upright past lap 3 he will probably be near the front

Danimal - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 12:00 AM

Stoner's got nothing to lose and lot to gain. At this point in his career he's really only respected by his true fans. His championship is dismissed by many as a fluke due to a edge due to a superior bike being produced at just the right time during the first experimental year of the 800cc era. He's still very young, Rossi maybe gone in a year or two and realistically, Lorenzo's the only one to beat in the future as most of the other riders,outside Hayden, Pedrosa and possibly rookies Spies and Simoncelli are chumps. Winning two titles on different bikes, ala Rossi, will be a Big FU to his haters and prove he is the reason behind his 2007 championship and establish him as legendary racer.

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