Ducati recently announced that two-time MotoGP Champion, Casey Stoner join them as a brand ambassador. Stoner will also be taking up the role of Ducati test rider, previously he was testing MotoGP machines for Honda Racing Corporation.
Casey Stoner will ride the GP16 Ducati for the very first time in January 2016 at Sepang, Malaysia. Current MotoGP riders are banned from testing over the winter until February 2016. Stoner will now head to Ducati factory to adjust the bike seat and footrest according to his body frame.
Michele Pirro will be present with Casey Stoner at Sepang, Malaysia. Both test riders will be gathering data with the new Michelin tyre and common ECU system. Ducati will eagerly be awaiting Stoner's observation from his first outing on the GP16.
Ducati will not want Casey Stoner to push the GP16 to its limit from the very first lap. Test team of Ducati would like Stoner to get acclaimed and if possible set quick laps with his riding style. Casey Stoner is known for riding fast and aggressively and we believe he will do so from the very first lap.
Stoner has an important advantage in his arsenal as he has tested Honda's motorcycles in the recent past. Casey Stoner will be able to compare both bikes the best and can offer insight if Ducati is still away from Honda machinery.
Casey Stoner and Ducati are still to confirm if a wildcard entry can be accommodated. Previously, Stoner was expected to fill in shoes of Dani Pedrosa in Honda due to an injury and surgery. Surprisingly, all came to a dramatic end as HRC did not want to disturb their title contender with an ultra-competitive Stoner.