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Stoner hopes Ducati's 'big bang' helps him make a 'big bang'

Former MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner is confident that Ducati's extension of Yamaha's 'big bang' theory and the forthcoming return of 1,000cc engines will play to his strengths in 2010 and beyond
Casey Stoner is hopeful that Ducati's decision to follow Yamaha's lead and introduce a new 'big bang' engine of its own for the 2010 MotoGP World Championship campaign will enable him to similarly make a 'big bang' in helping him to reclaim the title he won two years ago – as the Australian admitted he is relishing the premier class' return to 1,000cc power in 2012.

Stoner wound up fourth in the final riders' standings last season, despite missing three rounds along the way due to lactose intolerance that he is convinced will no longer hamper his challenge – “Blood tests showed I was okay for a normal person,” he is quoted as having said by the BBC. “No-one was listening to me, so I don't believe I have to answer any questions. This is the first off-season in three years that I've not had an injury.”

What's more, this time around, with the Ducati Desmosedici GP10 – significantly revised from its predecessor, the GP09 – at his disposal and improved rideability from the 'big bang' configuration, the 24-year-old insists that he will be on the case right from the word 'go'.

“I'm fine and I feel great,” he underlined, adding in an interview with the official MotoGP website: 'I'm feeling better than I have in the last three years; my training levels have increased dramatically and my fitness is a lot higher than ever. We're really looking forward to this year, and are going out to win the championship.

“I feel we're ready for the season, also because the test we did at Valencia following the final race of 2009 was really positive. We tried the new engine configuration and really loved it. We think that will help us on the track and make the bike more balanced throughout the season.

“The new 'big bang' firing order that the Ducati engineers have been working on is definitely a step forward; it has improved traction and handling and we were able to do more with the bike, and it has reduced the bike's tendency to wheelie.

“Now we have to work on finding the right settings for the GP10 and understanding how the bike reacts to different set-up changes, which will be different to the old bike.”

Picking out team-mate and fellow former title-winner Nicky Hayden, record-breaking multiple MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi – who he rates as 'an extraordinary rider' – Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa as the men he predicts will be his greatest rivals in 2010, Stoner went on to enthuse about the FIM regulation change that will come into force in two years' time, rectifying what Rossi has previously described as 'the biggest mistake the world championship has made in the last 15 years'.

“Personally, it's going to suit me a lot better,” the Queensland native is quoted as having said by Visordown. “Each category that I've stepped up [to], I've found it a lot easier to understand the power when I'm trying to get more traction. I'm actually really looking forward to the new category.

“When the switch came to 800s it was puzzling for myself why they did it; there's no manufacturer there that makes 800cc bikes from where to take the data from their factory bikes and put it in there – but at least now we are going back to a neutral kind of ccs, and hopefully it will be a bit more fun. The racing, in some ways, was better before, but last year there were a few pretty close races and a fair few battles up front.”



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Altsimon - Unregistered

January 13, 2010 7:26 PM

Ducati toyed with the idea of a big bang V4 when they were developing the GP01 for their MotoGP debut back in the 990cc era. They decided against it and went for the configuration they have to this day. It seems however that Yamaha can pull those few meters out on corner exit and if the straight is not too long can therefore stay ahead of the Ducati. This seems to be because of the Yamaha's firing order producing its great feel and traction when delivering power. Switch to the Ducati on corner exit and it seems to be very unsettled until upright and flying down the straight. If Ducati solve this with their new engine and power delivery then Casey will give Yamaha a very hard time indeed.

Altsimon - Unregistered

January 13, 2010 7:41 PM

Do recall that Casey (when fit) did challenge and win with the GP09. So if the GP10 pulls out of the corner like the Yamaha and still retains its full power and speed advantage then things may get a bit like 2007 with Casey gone into the distance. I know from riding V4's, L twins and the current Yamaha R1 fully race prepared that the Yamaha is simply astonishing out of the turns with its engine configuration making for a very tractable and stable rear. Are Ducati copying Yamaha? Not exactly, but it is a leaf from the same book and I am sure the inspiration and decision to change definitely has a shade of Fiat Yamaha livery about it. Will Ducati win? Of course, but so will a couple of others.



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