Philipp Island – Few words, but significant and definitive. In the meeting with journalists at the end of the two-day MotoGP Test at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Casey Stoner has confirmed he won’t race from wild card at the next Grand Prix of Austria. “No, I’m not running in Austria.” said the double MotoGP world champion. “I’m not going to run from wild card. I haven’t changed my mind after these two days of testing.”
Stoner is as fast as the two riders Iannone and Dovizioso. But it remains an unlikely due to his participation in another GP. Maybe to Phillip Island, in his Australia. “We haven’t called Casey to get it back to running. Because he always said that he didn’t want to do it.” said Ducati team manager Paolo Ciabatti at Motorsport.
“But at the same time it hasn’t ruled out by evaluating participation in a Grand Prix. We have left the door open. If that happens, it will only be for once and that is it. Because he has nothing to prove. If we tell you that wants to run, we will do everything possible to satisfy him. Otherwise, we will never pressure him. This test is just another test, on a new track for him too. Share the circuit with other drivers and after two days and many turns, you won’t be exhausted, will consider participating in a competition.” added Ciabatti.
Philipp Island or Spielberg: For now Stoner doesn’t think about It
For now the Australian champion does not seem to run. “I’m flying home to Australia. Then I come back in France for a birthday party of a good friend.” said Stoner. “The Ducati has no weakness. The bike has good stability under braking and it is impressive. We are very fast. So we benefit on the straights. Maybe we could improve on turn-on. But I have not tried the new chassis as in Misano, just Dovizioso and Iannone did it. This framework, with an angle considerably better. In turns 1 and 3, we have some problems with the grip.” said Casey Stoner. Also Jorge Lorenzo said that the third place of Casey Stoner was impressive. “He’s not running for 3 years. However, he is at the same level of Iannone and Dovizioso. He is amazing. But that’s nothing new. Casey’s incredible talent. “