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Pit Pass


Happy how he is…

It’s funny isn’t it, how people’s minds seem to change about something they perhaps weren’t that fond of – once it’s been taken away from them for quite a while. Yes, this is that bi-annual time where Casey Stoner gets back on a motorcycle after spending the rest of the time fishing, and makes the current MotoGP grid look, frankly, ridiculous.

It’s now coming as little surprise that Casey can rock up and set the fastest lap time on at least one of the days of an official test. And off the back of this, Ducati will surely begin to reap dividends.

After all, the chassis Marc Marquez is still using in 2017 on his RCV, is the last one Casey developed for Honda before they ignored his feedback and went on their own path instead at the start of the 2015 season.

The ensuing fallout, not helped by Honda initially blaming Stoner for crashing a Fireblade in the Suzuka 8-Hour (it was a stuck throttle), saw him leave Honda, disillusioned with the Japanese giant, and return to Ducati. He must gain satisfaction from the fact that the factory team still utilise his work on the 2014 chassis three years later!

Casey was at Sepang prior to the official test, however it was raining most of the time and he was only doing a few shake down laps on the development machine, rather than fast and flat out circulations.

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