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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The Morgue

May 26, 2010 7:19 AM

In all this talk we forget one man: Pedrosa.
It looks like the relationship between him and Honda is over, both seem to have lost their patience. He's been chipping away at it for years now and not getting much closer, even Dovi is knocking on hi door now (albeit maybe temporarily until Pedrosa's sorted out the Ohlins). Because someone here before said that Repsol wants a Spanish rider I bet they're going to make Lorenzo an offer he can't refuse.
Pedrosa on his part has made no secret of the fact that he would love to ride the Yamaha, but he may be the least wanted of the four aliens.

Pap's Mear - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 7:45 AM

Morgue you may be right, but the big question then is, would Dani move to Yamaha without Puig? I doubt seriously after the mess that Honda has become in his tenure on the team that Yamaha would agree to him coming across with Dani. Dani may want a Yamaha but will they want him if he comes with baggage? Somehow, I feel the answer to that is no. If Honda give him the heave, I suspect the only team in serious need of restructuring is Suzuki. He might go there along with Puig who will take over the team. I don't see why not either, Stu Shenton hasn't exactly brought any success to that team in the ten years since Kenny Roberts won the title. It kind of fits. A single rider team for Suzuki? Maybe

Motojunky

May 26, 2010 7:52 AM

Why are most people insinuating that it's Stoner's call leaving Ducati(if its true).
The guy might be getting hints that the team want him out, and that's why he is riding so impatiently.
Don't forget he had 3 sickies last year while still in the title hunt. Was he that crook that he couldn't at least ride around for minor places (4th 5th or 6th) and still give him enough points to win the title?
Things aren't always as they seem.
I still maintain that all the planets lined up for him in 2007(and good luck to him)and it won't happen again IMHO. Hope he proves me wrong.

asefi

May 26, 2010 7:59 AM

This whole silly season depends on Jorge again.

If he wins the WC Yamaha will do anything to keep him...even at Rossi's expense. I also think Honda will favor Dovi over Pedrosa when Stoner joins the Repsol squad.

Yamaha: Jorge and Dani
Ducati: Hayden and Rossi
Honda: Dovi and Casey

The rest doesn't really matter if you ask me. Spies is really really good. But does he deserve a factory ride just yet? An emphatic NO, not yet. Soon though.

desmo - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 8:21 AM

Not hard to see why Stoner wants out of Ducati after last years poor handling of a tough situation...sure they could look for another rider subject to Casey's fitness in coming back...but did they need to make it as public as they did...very poor management and it has not been forgotten by Team Stoner, would this have been done to Vale in similar circumstances...I think not.

I think Stoner to Honda is a done deal and Ducati knew this as far back as last year. I also think they won't bag any available Aliens with a best possible for them of Dovi.

some1 - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 8:43 AM

2010 seem is the year of signs to let go a good thing. Stoner has to let go the Ducati. Rossi has to let go the Yamaha and Pedrosa has to let go the Honda. Last but not least, Capirossi has to let go the Suzuki.

All is falling into it's places when the the number two riders constantly ahead the number one riders more than once.

Good move! - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 8:55 AM

Stoner is right to go, Ducati have transformed the bike from being something that only one person could win on to being something that nobody can win on.

He will also fit in very easily at Honda, Suppo is there and he gets on very well with both Puig and Pedrosa. That having been said contrary to the impression given here, Casey gets on well with pretty much everyone other than Rossi and his worshippers, and they have no respect for anyone else anyway so that's really nothing to worry about.

2011, Stoner and Pedrosa at Honda, Lorenzo and either Dovi or Hayden (depending on form this year) at Yamaha, Rossi to a third Ferrari funded by Bernie and Marlboro, Ducati pull out of Moto GP.

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