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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Bambang - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 5:10 AM

Just how stupid can Casey be? Talking about moving to Honda sooo early in the season. That would not make him anybody's favorite. Not Ducati's for sure.

You can be sure that now Ducati will allocate their resources and development on Hayden or whomever they set their eyes into.

Another year wasted by Stoner (last year, mystery illness) in winning the world championship. And he is not getting any younger.

If only he could keep this a secret, he might still get Ducati's full support this year.

This move would also reduce his leverage in any negotiation with Honda or other manufacturer later on.

SELF DESTRUCT is the only words I can think of him.

Jan - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 5:24 AM

Repsol will never have a team without at least one Spanish rider, so it would be either Lorenzo, if they really want to win, or Pedrosa, if they prefer to lose again. Or Stoner if they prefer to repair many crashed bikes

john flores - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 5:24 AM

If Lorenzo wins in 2010,
then Rossi to Ducati in 2011.
1 - He will not want to risk losing to Lorenzo for 2 consecutive years on equal machinery. There will be less honor lost if he loses on a Duc. Rossi of course plays to win, so Ducati will have to prove that they can win again. Burgess will be necessary.

2 - The things that made Rossi leave Honda - the bureaucracy, the emphasis of the bike over the rider, etc... - still exist at Honda.

You heard it here first - coming soon to a sensational headline near you!

some1 - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 6:11 AM

Honda is the best place for Stoner in 2011. The right time he step in where Honda have to make a new racer. Most likely, he will influence the direction of the bike development.

Fanboy Furusawa wants Rossi to stay forever, but ironically, Furusawa himself will retire and leave soon. How will it affect the Rossi's decision for next year? It is not remote possibility that Rossi moves to Ducati although many are assuming that it is JL who moves to Duc.

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