After exiting the Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) late last year to re-join Ducati as both a test-rider and brand ambassador, Australian double world champion Casey Stoner appears to have a much heavier involvement in the Italian encampment compared to his post-retirement stint as a test-rider at HRC. Reports indicate that the likelihood of Casey Stoner making at least one race appearance seems very much likely this season.
Ducati’s intent towards fully leveraging itself using Stoner’s full potential is clear, whereby it would not limit the Australian with just several test sessions per year. Although both sides made no clear indications of that, Ducati’s CEO Claudio Domenicali also did not rule out the possibility of Stoner’s entering in at least one race.
Stoner was recently quoted by an Italian site for stating his own consideration in making at least one racing appearance, but he will likely decide it after completing the upcoming pre-season test sessions in Sepang. He added further by saying “I have a task that is also a bit of a goal. I want to work well with Gigi Dall’Igna, so I want to help engineers and pilots with the development of the bike. My goal is to contribute to the cause and make the Ducati win again.”
Stoner continued further with a statement saying that he knows that Ducati would provide him with a bike immediately should he decide to race. For now though, this still remains only as a possibility until the Sepang pre-season tests are finished at least.
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