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MotoGP: Casey Stoner’s Ducati return set for January 30

Former MotoGP champion Casey Stoner to ride Ducati GP15 in late-January test.
Casey Stoner is set to complete his first Ducati MotoGP laps since 2010 at Sepang on January 30.

According to the retired double world champion will test for two days at the Malaysian circuit using this year's GP15 machine, the Australian apparently requesting to try the older bike first.

The new Desmosedici will then be used by Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso during the official Sepang test, to be attended by all race riders, from February 1-3.

Stoner has taken part in sporadic tests for Honda since leaving MotoGP at the end of 2012, but was recently announced as a brand ambassador and test rider for Ducati.

The 30-year-old won Ducati's only MotoGP title in 2007 and claimed the factory's most recent race win at Phillip Island 2010.

Having offered to replace the injured Dani Pedrosa earlier this year, MotoGP fans will hope Stoner can be tempted to make some wild-card appearances for Ducati next season...

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December 17, 2015 3:55 PM
Last Edited 160 days ago

It is very difficult to have an opinion formed solely on media articles. I dont know if anybody on this forum has actual facts or insight into the factories or anyone in the factories that can give them facts. Nickfox doesnt believe CS27 can develop a bike, My question nick is can Rossi develop a bike? He was on ducati for 2 years and without all the inside info, he was thrown new kit left right and centre to get that bike fixed on his and burgess recommendations but that bike was worse in his time there than when casey was there and it affected ducati for 2 years after he left for them to even be back on the right track. I think cs will be right on the pace with a week of testing, maybe not race winning pace straight away but top 5 for sure as he was on pace with bs38 and pol at suzuka this year. a couple of races in and he will be up there with the winners. Phillip Island even without previous races I would not put it past him to podium if not win.


December 17, 2015 12:53 PM
Last Edited 75 days ago

Nickfox: Did anyone stop to think that Casey is not so good developing a bike and that why Honda didn't want him to replace Dani for them races and that is why this years Honda is a lot worse compared to last years as they had him developing the bike and realised this! yes he did win for Ducati but no-one was able to ride that bike after him and i just don't want him to get too much say in the new Ducati and spoil the direction that they are going as they are on the path to greatness i do believe
Stoner pointed the bike issues as far back as 2007.Since the requested improvements didn't solve it,he just adapted,compensated with his talent the bike issues.Better than sit and wait...

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