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Casey Stoner makes Ducati MotoGP return

Casey Stoner back on a Ducati MotoGP machine
Casey Stoner, Ducati's only MotoGP champion, rode his first laps on a Desmosedici since 2010 during the start of a private test at Sepang today (Saturday).

The 30-year-old Australian - who won a second crown for Honda before retiring at the end of 2012, then participated in occasional HRC MotoGP tests and an ill-fated entry in the Suzuka 8 Hours - is returning to Ducati as a brand ambassador and test rider.

The first stage of that new role, which fans hope will extend to a possible wild-card race appearance some time this season, saw Stoner take to the Malaysian track shortly after 11am to start a series of short runs on last year's GP15.

There are currently no plans for Stoner to try the GP16, but there is a chance he will ride at some point during next week's official test (again with the GP15).

Stoner is testing alongside Ducati development rider Michele Pirro - who is shaking down the new GP16, to be used by factory racers Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso next week - with test riders from Yamaha and Honda also present.

MotoGP is switching from Bridgestone to Michelin tyres and adopting a single ECU system for 2016. Stoner's only season on Michelin tyres was his rookie 2006 MotoGP campaign, with LCR Honda.

The track is open until around 6pm, with Stoner and Pirro also testing tomorrow. The official MotoGP test attended by the 2016 race riders then starts on Monday morning.

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January 30, 2016 6:33 AM

I would never write off Casey just yet. He started racing when he was four and has been racing for a streak of 24 years. Does anyone think Casey will lose his mojo within a gap of 4 years??? I don't think so. A wild card appearence would be a mouth watering prospect. Even Nakamoto himself compared CS and MM saying," Marc has fast reflexes but Casey is a genius on a motorcycle". Not a fan of Casey but i have always respected his skill, honesty and work ethics.


January 30, 2016 6:40 AM

While some are arguing that Casey never won on Michelin's: true, but lets not forget that he was on third rate machinery and under funded team, yet he still set a pole position for one race and if I'm not mistaken had a couple of fastest laps(correct me if I'm wrong). So, how does the argument that he never won on Michelins hold water. With the right machine, and crew he definitely would have won on Michelins.

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