Both Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner rode the new 2010 Ducati Desmosedici GP10 at the Sepang MotoGP test held on February 4th and 5th. Ducati is working hard to regain the competitive advantage they brought to their championship-winning 2007 season. The GP10 prototype tested has some major changes from last year’s GP9.
Ducati MotoGP Team
The 2010 Ducati Marlboro MotoGP Team, consisting of Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden, recently faced the world’s media at the Wrooom Press Ski Meeting in Madonna di Campiglio. The MotoGP stars faced a number of questions from the media. Both riders seemed enthused for the meeting and for the upcoming 2010 MotoGP Championship.
Casey Stoner will start the final round of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship from the front of the grid after a dominant performance in today’s single qualifying practice for the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana. The Australian was rarely troubled at the top of the time sheets, while his team-mate Nicky Hayden was also impressive as he lapped sixth fastest in a late charge.
Casey Stoner Speaks… (1st; 1’32.256)
Casey Stoner set the pace on the opening day of the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, lapping almost four tenths quicker than his closest rival Jorge Lorenzo. With cool track temperatures of just 17ºC the onus for the riders was on finding grip around the short but technically demanding circuit and despite starting out with a setting he wasn’t comfortable with Stoner worked hard with his mechanics to find a solution by the end of the hour-long free practice.
Casey Stoner Speaks…
Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Ben Spies were all present at the official pre-event press conference in Valencia on Thursday, ahead of the 17th and final round of the 2009 MotoGP season; the FIM Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana.
While Rossi may have already wrapped up this year’s title with a race to spare, the Italian’s focus is still on winning the race as he looks to improve on what he believes was a difficult third place last year in Valencia.
Valentino Rossi Speaks…
Casey Stoner took to the top step of the podium for the second consecutive race at a wet Shell Advance Malaysian MotoGP. Following on from last weekend’s Australian victory, Stoner broke away from the pack early on in the race and never looked back, eventually finishing with a huge 14 second lead over nearest rival Dani Pedrosa.
At one of the most anticipated races of the 2009 season, Shell was proud to witness another win for technical partner, Ducati Corse.
MotoGP Race Interviews Sepang
Tropical, torrential rains hit the MotoGP Sepang Circuit half an hour before the scheduled start of the penultimate weekend of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship, which, up to that point, had been held in mostly sunny, humid conditions. The MotoGP race direction moved the start to 3:35 p.m., though the MotoGP riders had only their traditional sighting and warm-up laps to acclimatise themselves to the wet surface.
Casey Stoner Speaks… (1st)
If Valentino Rossi wins his seventh MotoGP championship in the next three weeks, he might look back to a gravel trap in Australia as the place where he sealed the title.
Rossi extended his lead in the World Championship to 38 points over Fiat Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo by finishing second to Casey Stoner at the Australian Grand Prix on Oct. 18 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Lorenzo ran into the back of Nicky Hayden entering the first turn on the first lap, careened into the gravel trap and crashed out of the race.
Casey Stoner returned to action last round of the 2009 MotoGP series. And after his "odd" time away from racing action, he seemed to return in near top form. His "illness" may have been some type of bug but if you ask me, it was the pressure from such a competitive series and from one rider in particular, Valentino Rossi.
Hey maybe I am crazy but it seems like, over time, many top riders have crack under the extreme competitive pressure exerted by Rossi. Here is what Casey Stoner had to say about the next round at Phillip Island.
The MotoGP World Championship arrived at Donington Park for the final time today as the first practice session for the British Grand Prix took place in conditions that have been synonymous with the Leicestershire circuit since it first hosted the event back in 1987. A mixture of sunshine and rain made it difficult for the riders on track and whilst the lap times were a long way off record pace in a session that started wet and ended virtually dry, the Ducati Marlboro Team riders were both competitive and satisfied with their performance.
Casey Stoner Speaks…
Ducati Marlboro Team riders Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden will both start from the higher echelons of the grid in the German Grand Prix tomorrow after qualifying third and fourth fastest respectively in difficult conditions at Sachsenring this afternoon. A torrential rainstorm severely reduced grip levels and huge sections of standing water on the track made for a crash-strewn session.
No fewer than nine riders crashed out, seven of them in the tricky downhill turn eight, including Hayden.
Despite waking up to bright sunshine and warm summer temperatures in Germany this morning, a lunchtime thunderstorm left the Sachsenring circuit soaking wet for the opening free practice session of the German Grand Prix.
Ducati MotoGP Team riders Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden were in competitive form in qualifying practice for the USGP at Laguna Seca today, with the Australian sealing a front row start for tomorrow’s race and the American qualifying on the third row in eighth place – the best grid position of his debut season with the Italian factory so far.
However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Stoner, who crashed out heavily at the end of the session.
The opening day of free practice for the US Grand Prix took place at Laguna Seca today with Ducati MotoGP Team riders Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden back on track just six days after contesting the Dutch TT at the Assen circuit in Holland.
The press conference room in the Assen media centre was packed to the rafters on Wednesday afternoon as MotoGP’s ‘big guns’ previewed the 61st annual FIM World Championship event at the historic Dutch venue.
Fiat Yamaha’s Barcelona protagonists, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, were joined by the man who sits alongside them at the head of the standings on 106 points, Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner, to set the scene for the Alice TT Assen. Also answering questions were Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi and Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso.