Casey Stoner is back on the track following a six month break after the horrific Suzuka 8-Hour crash and is now testing Ducaiti’s 2016 MotoGP track weapon kicking of his new development role with the Italian Manufacturer.
It’s been confirmed by Stoner himself that Ducati will provide him with the opportunity to race again this year with, he is yet to decide if he will take up the offer.
Stoner last rode a Ducati MotoGP machine at the 2010 season finale in Valencia, before switching to Honda and eventually quitting racing two seasons later.
Retiring to Australia, Stoner continued as an occasional test rider for Honda over recent seasons, but recently split with the manufacturer due to feeling “under utilized”.
Stoner’s 2007 season remains the only MotoGP title for Ducati, which continues this season with Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso as its full-time riders.
“I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but the whole team was fantastic,” said Stoner of his first day back on a Ducati.
“I was welcomed in the best way and we worked well together.
“I still need a little more time to return to a competitive level and find the right feeling because I haven’t ridden a MotoGP bike for a year and haven’t been on a race bike for six months.
“But it was a positive first day, we immediately found a good feeling with the bikes and tyres, quicker than I would have expected.
“We have many things to try and I still have to get used to the bike, but overall I’m happy.
“The Desmosedici GP has great potential and I hope to be able to give the right feedback to Gigi and the Ducati engineers to help the two Andreas get some good results this year.
“I’m happy and a bit surprised with my lap time and I hope to improve it further tomorrow.
“It was great to be working with Gabriel Conti again together with Marco Palmerini and Gigi Dall’Igna, who have all proven true professionals today.”
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