Stoner is stoned........... lmao poor fool

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Biggus, Oct 16, 2006.

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    Biggus Guest

    Stoner poised for Ducati switch
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    Young Australian motorcycle racing star Casey Stoner is set to quit
    Honda and sign a multi-million deal to ride for the Ducati factory
    team in next year's MotoGP World Championship.

    Stoner, who celebrated his 21st birthday today, is poised to join star
    Italian rider Loris Capirossi at Ducati, with sources close to the
    team indicating the deal is worth at least $2 million.

    Ducati's talks with Stoner accelerated at the Portuguese Grand Prix at
    the weekend, setting off a chain reaction that confirmed his departure
    from the Honda LCR team.

    Although Stoner did not finish the Portuguese GP, fellow Australians
    Chris Vermeulen and Garry McCoy finished 9th and 15th respectively.

    Riding the new 800cc Ilmor V4 against the more powerful 990cc motoGP
    bikes, Mccoy scored a world championship point on his return to GP
    racing.

    Ducati's move has turned the rider market upside down.

    While Stoner fulfilled a dream to ride for a factory team, it was
    confirmed that Spanish veteran Carlos Checa would replace him at the
    Honda LCR squad.

    Both those moves left Kawasaki without a much-anticipated deal with
    Checa with Japan's Shinya Nakano moving to the Konica Minolta Honda
    squad.

    Honda LCR boss Lucio Cecchinello confirmed the signing of Checa and
    the departure of Stoner from his team on Sunday evening at Estoril.

    Tech3 Yamaha team boss Herve Poncharal also announced that Checa had
    gone to LCR as a replacement for Ducati-bound Stoner.

    "Yes, I have reached an agreement with Carlos Checa but I would also
    like to wish Casey all the best with his future career," Cecchinello
    said.

    The opportunity of a well-paid factory ride rather than continuing on
    a satellite Honda with LCR, has always been a goal for Stoner who had
    been seeking additional Honda technical support for 2007.

    Less than an hour before news of the Checa-Stoner moves broke at
    Estoril, Stoner spoke of the appeal of Ducati as team boss Livio Suppo
    confirmed Ducati's offer.

    "No rider has ever won a world championship on a satellite bike and
    that is what is appealing about a factory team like Ducati," Stoner
    said.

    "Every year Ducati are winning more races, they are becoming more
    competitive, as are the Bridgestone tyres.

    "They won Jerez this year and they did well in Qatar, which was a bad
    track for them last year. Ducati are looking better and better every
    year and that's another thing to take into account," he said.

    Recent Honda deals to retain Italian Marco Melandri (Gresini Honda)
    and Nicky Hayden (HRC Repsol Honda) were part of Stoner's
    considerations. Hayden and Dani Pedrosa will be the HRC factory riders
    for at least another two years.

    "Those deals with Marco and Nicky have already made me a minimum of
    fourth in line at Honda," Stoner said.

    "That makes it harder to get factory parts and the other riders will
    have them before me.

    "Unfortunately, I really like Lucio and the LCR team and we have done
    a good job this year - I've made some mistakes and we've made some
    mistakes with settings and it would be a hard place to leave.

    "And it is very, very hard to leave Honda. Honda are unbelievable -
    every week they are up front and Michelin are always there also."

    Stoner is now set to have his final ride aboard a Honda RC211V at the
    Valencia Grand Prix next weekend, the final race appearance of the
    monster 990cc bikes before the introduction of the 800cc rules for
    2007.

    McCoy's Ilmor V4 made its debut at Estoril and McCoy was plagued by
    mechanical problems.

    "My mission was just to finish the race in this first-ever race for an
    800cc MotoGP bike, and to bring Ilmor a point is an even bigger
    bonus," McCoy said.

    AAP
     
    Biggus, Oct 16, 2006
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    Marty H Guest

    poor Bastard, he will never win now,
    he will end up in WSBK in 2 years from now

    well done to McCoy and co

    mh
     
    Marty H, Oct 16, 2006
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    D16GP5 Guest

    "as above"
    Biggus wrote:

    That it will be a 1 & 2 Repsol year....LOL now THAT is GOLD
     
    D16GP5, Oct 16, 2006
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    Biggus Guest

    ROTFLMAO! standard issue for their riders..
     
    Biggus, Oct 16, 2006
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    Peter Wyzl Guest

    Rich poor bastard but...

    P
     
    Peter Wyzl, Oct 16, 2006
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    Jason Woods Guest

    Maybe... its a whole new ball game with the 800s next year, Ducatis times
    were pretty impressive.. fingers crossed for him...

    JasonBW Wollongong
     
    Jason Woods, Oct 17, 2006
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