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


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