Casey Stoner is going to return on the Ducati Desmosedici and somehow to MotoGP.
Casey Stoner has a very particular set of riding skills. Skills he acquired over a long career that make him a nightmare for the other riders. It is not by chance that Casey Stoner Is the the only rider able to win a top class motorcycle world title on a non Japanese motorbike since 1973.
During the 4 years spent with Ducati, he won the world championship and gained 23 grand prix victories. Stoner left Ducati in 2011 to join HRC for another title winning campaign.
(As you know before…”going fishing”).
In the meanwhile Valentino Rossi replaced him on the Desmosedici m.y.2011.
Rossi obtained only 2 podiums and no wins in 2 years with Ducati.
Until Rossi showed poor performance with Ducati, the mass media considered the Ducati Desmosedici as one of the most competitive bikes out there. What the Media at the beginning didn’t notice, is that only Stoner was competitive riding it. In 2007, Stoner and Ducati won both Riders And Manifactutrers Championship. Stoner (1st) scored 367 points, while the second classified Ducati rider (Capirossi) ended 7th with 166 points. This hints something.
Casey in fact, was the only rider able to compensate Ducati's chronical understeering behaviour. In which way? By generating oversteering through the power command. Have a look to the pictures.
And now? What can we expect with Stoner (test)riding a Ducati in 2016?
He’s not going to race, not at the beginning at least. He signed a contract as test rider and brand ambassador. But there is few chance more to see him racing with Ducati than when he was with HRC. In 2015, he offered to replace he’s former teammate Pedrosa (injured). But Honda decided to not allow him to race. Officially to protect the Stoner by the mass media expectations… reportedly to protect Marc Marquez.
Common opinion was that Honda wanted to avoid Marquez sensing the
pressure that Stoner’s performance could generate. When Stoner performed few test with HRC his lap times were just.. surprising. The chance to see him racing again, now will depend on his will. Ducati is eager to make a bike available for Casey, but they will not force him to race.
He’ll be back to racing, fighting for victory.
An interesting point of view is by Jorge Lorenzo (reported by GpOne).
"I've seen perhaps no rider of his talent comes natural and ability to be fast straight away, in any condition ".
"It would be good news if it decides to go back to racing. [...]."
"Ducati will encourage him to do some wildcard. I think it's their intention. In 2015, at some point, he wanted to run but in the end, because of various circumstances, he was not possible. Of course it will run at Phillip Island, or some other track and surely those opportunities will be there with us, to fight for victory. "
We'll Have to wait and see what happens, but stay tuned because the first step has been done. Casey will be in Sepang tests, on January 30th and 31st.
Casey’s back. Tell a friend!