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Stoner: Riders must adapt to the Ducati

"I think it's just about pride. You need to give that up and ride the Ducati the way it needs to be" - Casey Stoner.
Casey Stoner, Ducati's only MotoGP champion, believes success with the Desmosedici requires putting pride to one side and adapting to the bike.

Stoner celebrated 23 race wins during his time at Ducati, but the best any other Desmosedici rider has achieved since 2007 is a solitary wet/dry win for Loris Capirossi.

In the aftermath of Valentino Rossi's retreat to Yamaha, Stoner was asked for his thoughts on the chances of Andrea Dovizioso - tipped to replace Rossi next season - suiting the Ducati.

“No idea. People have been saying for years one rider's style is similar to another rider's style and will suit the Ducati. But I think it's nothing to do with style. It's pride, personally,” said Stoner.

“[No matter how] you think a bike should be ridden, you basically have to ride it how it wants to be ridden. You know, you can go to other manufacturers and say 'that's how I did it there and it worked, and why isn't it working here?'

“But I think it's just about pride, and you need to give that up and ride it the way it needs to be.”

Stoner, who won a second world title for Repsol Honda last season, is to retire at the end of 2012.

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August 16, 2012 10:25 PM

Must be sad to have such a biased view of the world Tetley. Rossi has no comeback to the truths of Stoner's comments. It is not that he is being polite or "classy". Why drag that into this thread? Casey is saying you adjust your style to suit the bike. Is this something that is going to upset Rossi fans as well? Rossi is GOAT and they should completely abandon years of design and research and build something completely different to suit him? They did that and he still went slow!

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