Casey Stoner is back on the track with a road bike: The two-time MotoGP champion walked the asphalt of Phillip Island at Triumph Tiger Rally Proe, wearing the inseparable helmet of his sponsor Nolan, in the company of another MotoGP superstar, Chris Vermeulen. Ten years later he’s back on his beloved track where he won consistently from 2007 to 2012 which will be the scene of the Grand Prix from October 14-16. And perhaps it will be an opportunity to cuddle Pecco Bagnaia and Jack Miller in the garage of Ducati, the brand with which he has been particularly attached.
Ducati electronics by stoner
Pictures of Casey Stoner alongside the Ducati riders at the end of the 2022 season are still etched in my mind. 2007. It was the Australian who gave the only MotoGP World Championship to Borgo Panigale, 15 years after the biggest world championship presents the same opportunity and in Australia Stoner’s advice could be crucial in the run-up to the Bagnaia title.
Those were other times, and now electronics is the masters, an area of tech that Casey never really liked. “I feel like this generation has lost some understanding of what happens on the weekend. Those looking to protect their tires, those trying to prepare the bike for racing, etc. Because there is a lot of electronic stuff right now. When I was a driver I always fought our engineers to get rid of as much electronics as possible in free practice – He tells on the podcast “In The Fast Lane” – To try to really understand what was happening to and inside the bike“.
Ducati is currently the most relevant manufacturer at the moment, as the third company’s victory is confirmed world builders in a row. But she has not yet managed to reach the drivers’ title, despite the technical superiority. “Today they keep adding more and more electronicsFollow Casey Stoner. “They try to correct the figure, but not the internal problems. I think that’s why Ducati has failed over the years and hasn’t won the world championship yet. Plus whether or not they will be able to win this year“.
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Racer experience, according to the former MotoGP racer, is a factor of little or no importance. “It’s a word I didn’t like when I was younger, especially in Ducati, where Loris [Capirossi] He had experience and I had no experience. My engineer was in his first year as chief mechanic and together we won the championshipOn Phillip Island, there will also be the greatest of the last 10 years, Marc Marquez, who is undergoing rehabilitation after the fourth operation on the right humerus.
According to Casey Stoner, the hardest part about his comeback is the mental and physical aspect: “He will have to reinvent himself and he will have to change the way he drives. He had to think differently, that was the first thing I did when I went back to the GPs. Over the course of my career, I’ve learned to be fast, but with less risk, and that usually makes me the fastest“.The hero from Cervera will look for a new leadership style to adapt to the physical and technical situation.”He’s going to have to learn to drive differently and put his body in a different position, maybe brake a little earlier, apply less pressure to the brakes when he starts to get in and other things… he has to adapt to the current situation”.