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MotoGP: Casey Stoner completes ‘very positive’ Misano test

“I'm really looking forward to seeing what comes from this and also what the factory riders think of the steps we've been able to make” - Casey Stoner.
Retired double world champion Casey Stoner has completed a 'very positive' test for Ducati at Misano.

The Australian star rode on Wednesday and Thursday, marking his first appearance at the Italian circuit since 2011.

Stoner previously made a brief debut on the 2016 Desmosedici during a rain interrupted post-race test at Qatar in March, but perfect conditions at Misano allowed him to complete 95% of this week's schedule.

The end result was some 'direction' with the Michelin tyres, chassis and electronics which will now be passed on to factory stars Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone.

“We've had a very positive test, this being my first time on a European track since 2012 and my first time in Misano since 2011,” Stoner began. “It's been a long time and it's really nice to ride these European-style tracks again and get a feel for what a bike is for basically 70 or 80 percent of the season.

“Everything we have done has been very positive; we got 95% of our test done over these two days so it's been very good. We got some direction with Michelin and were able to get a bit of direction between the chassis' and the electronics etc.

“I'm really looking forward to seeing what comes from this for the next stages and also what the factory riders really think of the steps we've been able to make.”

Stoner and Ducati were joined on track by Aprilia riders Sam Lowes and Mike di Meglio. Being a private test, no official lap times were released.

Stoner claimed Ducati's only MotoGP title in 2007 and remains the last person to win a race on a Desmosedici, in 2010. After finishing his career with Honda, the #27 re-joined Ducati at the start of this season as a test rider and brand ambassador.

Since then he has ridden the Desmosedici at Sepang, Qatar and now Misano. Stoner will return to the circuit for World Ducati Week from July 1-3.

“The next few days are going to be really interesting. I haven't been to World Ducati Week for a long time!” Stoner said. “It's hard to remember what it was like back then, but now I'm looking forward to the whole weekend and seeing so many fans, everyone who turns up, the amount of bikes.

“The 90th anniversary of Ducati is such a big celebration and I'm looking forward to being a part of it.”

By Peter McLaren

Tagged as: Ducati , Casey Stoner

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July 01, 2016 5:19 AM

Stoner won 2 championships against the supposed greatest and a host of other great riders, and a **** ton of races. He is also regarded by his competitors, the men he raced against day in and day out, as one of the most naturally talented and fastest racers ever...yet arm chair racers on say otherwise. I can totally see why you would know better. All the professionals are just blinded by some sort of man crush they all had for him. Can I please have your private emails so that I may ask you for life guidance every now and again...I have never seen such wisdom and logic before.


July 01, 2016 1:54 AM

sage: @some1 Stoner is a talented rider but not a very good racer when he's under pressure in a race.. He's got no chance of winning a race ever again ,not against the like's of young guns like MM and next year even MV and the obvious ones .. I hope he does a wild card this year ,so everyone can see for themselves and the myth can be put to rest ",he ain't got it anymore " .
Haha yeah mate, he's a terrible racer... you just keep telling yourself that so you can sleep at night. :)

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