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December 04, 2015 8:33 AM

MotoGP » Tardozzi explains Ducati’s 2016 approach

@Codger Why do they need Stoner? Here is my two cents. Ducati, especially Gigi Dall'Igna, want to know how much of a difference the rider can make to their bikes' lap times. They have reason to believe that Stoner still has it and could help them get that last few percent. Who knows what will really happen? He could crash the front Michelin all over the place or jump on and set scorching lap times. The point is that we are not privy to what really goes on, but it is blatantly obvious that they know more than we do about what Stoner can do on a motorcycle.


November 12, 2015 1:54 AM

MotoGP » Casey Stoner to test for Ducati?

bikenut: Just mention Stoner and some of the Rossi fans start to choke, very hard to rationalise Rossi's poor performance on the Ducati, I struggled with it and I don't even like the doctor
I don't think Rossi's performance on the Ducati was poor. Marco Melandri was poor. You just have to come to grips with the simple fact that Stoner was able to ride a POS better than most, if not all. If you want to get a valid assessment of Stoner's ability then consider the opinions of those who raced against him. This forum would be the last place on Earth to find a rational assessment.


November 13, 2015 12:56 AM

MotoGP » Casey Stoner to test for Ducati?

@Tetley However, if Honda are prepared to let CS go it begs the question "is he up to the job" ? Honda have nothing to do with it. Contract expires Dec 31. Stoner is going to test for Ducati to rub Honda's nose in it. You can bet that he will reveal what really happened at the Honda tests as well. I am sure that it will not be the pack of lies that we were fed by Honda.


November 12, 2015 8:46 AM

MotoGP » Casey Stoner to test for Ducati?

@Codger I think we can expect Stoner to reveal all as soon as the Honda contract expires. But the full time comeback would be very unlikely, and as you alluded to, such comebacks are very rarely successful. In any case I don't think Stoner has any inclination to come back to the circus, particularly after what has occurred these last few races. We can always hope for a wildcard at Phillip Island though :) It is important for the factory to know the limits of their bike and I think that is what they see as the value in having a fast test rider. Also the limitations on testing by the official factory MotoGP riders must factor into it.


November 08, 2015 11:30 PM

MotoGP » Marquez 'pushed to limit to try and beat Lorenzo'

I checked Rossi's claim about PI, yes it makes sense because Lorenzo was very slow at the front. However, it does not mean that Marquez deliberately slowed Rossi up. At Sepang, Marquez deliberately started a stupid fight the moment Rossi passed him and the rest is history. At Valencia Marquez gave it all just to hang on, it was not staged. That is my opinion.

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