Ducati confirms conclusion of Stoner partnership

Dual MotoGP world champion departs test rider and ambassador role.

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Following months of speculation, Ducati has confirmed its partnership with two-time MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has come to an end following a three-year period as a test rider and brand ambassador.

Ducati released a statement declaring Stoner’s contribution was important to the manufacturer, assisting it in constantly improving the performance of the Desmosedici GP, while also playing a role the final development of the Panigale V4.

“I want to thank Ducati for the great memories and especially the support and enthusiasm of the Ducati fans for our shared passion for racing and motorcycling, I’ll always remember this,“ said Stoner.

“Over the past three years I have really enjoyed doing my job with the test team, the engineers and technicians, as we worked towards improving the Desmosedici GP package and I sincerely want to wish the team all the very best for their future endeavours.”

Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali commented: “Casey is and will always remain in the hearts of Ducatisti and it is also on their behalf that we wish to thank him for the important collaboration he has offered us over the last three years. His technical indications and suggestions, together with the work and the feedback of the factory riders and Michele Pirro, have helped to make the Desmosedici GP one of the most competitive bikes on the grid.

“His advice for the development of our production bikes has been just as precious and useful. Ducati and its many fans wish to offer their sincere thanks and their best wishes to Casey and his family for a serene and happy future.”

The Australian captured his maiden premier class crown with Ducati in 2007, which marks the company’s sole MotoGP championship to date.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

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