Casey Stoner will be part of the Ducati test team for the upcoming season. Previously, the Australian double MotoGP Champion was testing motorcycles for Honda Racing Corporation. Stoner had retired from active MotoGP competition on his own terms back in 2012.
As soon as Casey Stoner's contract came to an end with Honda, Ducati swooped in and got him onto their side. Stoner is a phenomenal rider and an amazing talent from his early years in racing itself. Recently, he participated in the Suzuka Endurance Race and performed well, prior to his bike failing him.
Now Claudio Domenicali, CEO, Ducati confirms that Casey Stoner will not participate in MotoGP races during 2016. Stoner will continue testing the 2016 MotoGP and 2017 MotoGP race machines. Ducati is sure to benefit from Stoner's expertise in setting up a motorcycle for race conditions.
The factory team will consist of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone. Ducati has set a goal for them, consisting of two race victories in 2016 MotoGP season. Satellite team, Pramac Ducati will be led by Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding who have showcased tremendous form recently.
Casey Stone recently was in Ducati headquarter in Italy for seat and footpeg adjustment for his bike. Stoner will be seen onboard the new Ducati in January 2016 and is expected to be on pace with other riders. Ducati will not force Casey Stoner to ride on the limit from the get go.