Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali sent flattery to Casey Stoner, who he considered the best rider in the history of the Italian manufacturer.
Stoner had indeed been a mainstay of Ducati, precisely between 2007 and 2010. During his defense of the Italian manufacturer, this Australian rider rode the Desmosedici GP7. In his first year, he immediately became a world champion.
While in 2009 and 2010, Stoner did not succeed in becoming world champion again, but his performance was still very good. Finally in 2011, the 34-year-old man chose to move to the Repsol Honda Team.
The news circulating at that time claimed that Casey Stoner was in conflict with the Ducati officials. The rider was disappointed because the Ducati officials seemed not to hear his opinion about the development of Desmosidici.
In addition, Stoner is also believed to be upset with the attitude of Ducati who gave a much higher value contract to Jorge Lorenzo in 2010.
However, Stoner still seems to have an inner bond with this Italian manufacturer. The proof, after retiring in 2015, he received an offer to become a Ducati Test Rider in 2016 to 2018.
During his time as a test rider, Stoner had a chance to try out a new motorcycle ducati and down in pre-season trials. Remarkably, he appeared fierce, even defeated the other drivers at the time. Therefore, Domenicalli considers Stoner as the greatest rider in Ducati history.
“Casey is the strongest rider Ducati has ever had. It has a natural instinct to find performance limits. In fact, he was still very fast, even when he had stopped racing. This is not a coincidence, but natural talent, “he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Bayliss is another ducati rider who has been the name of an Italian manufacturer, but according to Domenicalli, nothing replaces Stoner’s place.
“Of course there are other great riders, also at WorldSBK. Bayliss is very strong and very ambitious. But Casey was able to move everything to the limit easily. He has an extraordinary connection to the motorbike. He is a phenomenal champion, “he concluded.
Stoner, the-34-year-old rider is no longer tied to Ducati since 2018.