Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall'Igna not only wants Casey Stoner to continue MotoGP testing for the factory next year, but work more closely with the technical department.

The double world champion, who retired from racing at the end of 2012, returned to Ducati from Honda this year as a test rider and brand ambassador.

The Italian factory went on to claim their first MotoGP wins since Stoner in 2010, although the Australian remains Ducati's only grand prix champion.

"I'm really happy to have Casey joining us during 2016," said Dall'Igna, speaking in the Valencia paddock on Monday. "He was really important because he gave us some extra data, extra ideas, to develop the bike and so I'm very happy and proud to work with him.

"Next year I would like Casey to make more tests for us and also work more closely with me and our technical department, just to have the possibility to bring his experience and work to develop the bike and speed up the process."

Triple MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo will make his Ducati debut at Valencia tomorrow (Tuesday), with Stoner's next MotoGP test expected to be at Sepang in late January.

By Peter McLaren


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