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Casey Stoner to join official MotoGP test on Tuesday

Casey Stoner to ride alongside 2016 MotoGP field at Sepang on Tuesday.
Ducati has just confirmed that Casey Stoner will be on track tomorrow, for day two of the official Sepang MotoGP test.

It will mark the first time the double world champion has ridden alongside MotoGP race riders, and with official timing, since retiring at the end of 2012.

While Stoner previously competed against Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa, he has not been on track with the likes of double champion Marc Marquez, who took over his Repsol Honda seat in 2013.

Stoner made his Ducati return during a private test at Sepang on Saturday, when the 30-year-old Australian set a best lap time of 2m 2.1s on a dirty track (using last year's GP15).

As of 3:30pm on Monday, Stoner's Saturday lap time would have put him fifth fastest. The quickest Ducati laps so far are a 2m 1.8s by Pramac's Danilo Petrucci and 2m 1.9s by factory rider Andrea Iannone.

It is not clear if Stoner will stick with the GP15, or try the new GP16.



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cossiegaz

February 01, 2016 8:04 AM
Last Edited 48 days ago

Impressive seeing as it's just over 5 years since he last rode a Ducati and his first time on the alloy frame version and over 9 years since he last rode on Michelins (unless he used them at 8hr Suzuka?) all the other riders have tested the Michelins a few times last year. Let's also not forget that he was on the GP15 which for years and years has had its entire characteristics designed to suit Bridgestone tyres not the Michelins Casey was using. Would anybody bet against him being the fastest Ducati rider come the end of the test? In fact it might be worth having a little flutter on him being the fastest overall rider! If anyone can do it Stoner can!



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