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Casey Stoner

 
 

The great Ducati adventure in MotoGP, which had begun in 2003 and grown with the first race wins for Loris Capirossi, reached its pinnacle in 2007 with the world title win with a rider who was destined to win the hearts of the ducatisti: Casey Stoner.

Right from the early tests, the Stoner-Desmosedici pairing (with a bike that, in 2007, used the new 800 cc engine) proved to be a winner, with the Australian rider winning his very first race, at the Qatar Grand Prix, and astounding everyone with his incredible speed and ability to adapt to the bike. Stoner achieved a series of ten wins and four podium finishes, completing all eighteen of the season's races to win the rider's title while also allowing Ducati to score the manufacturer's title, 34 years after the last title to be won by an Italian manufacturer.

In 2008 Stoner proved to be strong once again, finishing the season as runner-up, while in 2009 - the year in which he would win four races and give Ducati its first 'home' win at Mugello - some health problems would cause the rider to sit out three rounds, compromising his season.
In 2010, Stoner's last year with Ducati, he achieved three race wins and concluded the MotoGP championship in fourth place.

At the end of 2015 Casey returned to Ducati as an official test rider and was enthusiastically welcomed by Ducati staff and the many ducatisti alike.

 

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