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sliding the rear of a bike can be a way to over come the shortcomings of a bike or tire-rear edge grip. Stoner's slides on the Ducati were probably an attempt to overcome the defeciencies in it's handling or inability with the control tire. It can also be beneficial to push the rear out stand up the bike sooner and gun it out of a corner faster than a more traditional cornering methods.
Every corner is different, every bike as well, there is not one best way to ride a bike, guys like Stoner were not limited to style, only what could be achieved by the bike and tire/setup. That is why Casey can ride the Ducati and guys like Melandri and Rossi had nightmares about riding it.