Casey Stoner talks about Ducati and criticizes a certain philosophy of thought: at Phillip Island he will embrace Pecco Bagnaia again.
Ducati is the team of the moment in the MotoGP championship (and not only… see WorldSBK) and arrives at Motegi with the wind in its sails. Five consecutive victories, four by Pecco Bagnaia and one by Enea Bastianini, the Constructors ‘World Championship already arithmetically collected at Aragon and now the riders’ title that has been missing in 2007, since 2007, is in the crosshairs. Casey Stoner.
The Australian champion will do the honors in mid-October, when the world championship of MotoGP will arrive at Phillip Island after the absence in the two-year period Covid 2020-2021. Stoner visited the MotoGP paddock at the end of last season, when he spent time in the Ducati garage as a track engineer, collecting data and offering advice on trajectories to Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia. Since then, a solid feeling has been established between the ‘MotoGP Legend’ and the Piedmontese rider, consolidated by a dense series of telephone messages on the eve of the Grand Prix.
Stoner and Bagnaia… meet at Phillip Island
Casey Stoner recently hit the asphalt of Phillip Island for a promotional event riding one Triumph, however, shooting with decidedly more relaxed times. He spoke on the podcast “In The Fast Lane” where he talked about Ducati and Marc Marquez. In addition to pointing the finger for the umpteenth time on electronics in MotoGP. “When I was a rider I always fought with my engineers to get rid of as much electronics as possible in free practice, to try to understand the bike better.“.
Ducati has certainly created a winning prototype, but the assault on the riders’ title has failed for some time. “Ducati has failed over the years and why they haven’t won… Regardless of whether or not they win this year. This (happens) because they keep adding more electronic components“. In this season finale we will also have to deal with another rising rival, Marc Marquezimmediately returned strong to Aragon, despite his race finished on the first lap.
According to Casey Stoner, the eight-time world champion will have to make some changes to his driving style to return to certain levels. Both to adapt to the new Honda both for the conditions of the right humerus that it will never return to what it was before. “He will have to reinvent himself and change his way of driving… putting his body in a different position when entering a corner, maybe braking a little earlier, applying less pressure when braking… many things. It has to adapt to the current situation“.