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Casey Stoner signs for Ducati

Casey Stoner signs for Ducati

Casey Stoner signs for Ducati

Ducati Marlboro have officially confirmed that Casey Stoner will join Loris Capirossi in the team for the 2007 season. The Australian left LCR Honda earlier this week, to be replaced by Carlos Checa, and was strongly linked with Ducati. The rookie, currently seventh in the championship, has put pen to paper on a one year deal, with the option of an additional season with the Italian team.

Following the first positive tests carried out with the Desmosedici GP7, Ducati are looking to the future with confidence and decided to offer an opportunity to Stoner on the new 800cc bike.

"I am really happy to have been given this opportunity to race with the Ducati Marlboro Team next year. Ducati have made a lot of progress in the last couple of years and I think they can also do a great job with the new 800cc machine," commented Stoner in an official statement.

"It's a great privilege for me to be Loris Capirossi's team-mate. I watched him race before I started my career and now it's a real honour to be in the same team as him on the same bike."

Finally I'd like to thank Lucio Cecchinello. We have worked well together over the years but I feel that the possibility of racing in a factory team is the best thing for my future".

Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Corse Managing Director and Ducati Director of Product Development, welcomed the deal and also paid tribute to Sete Gibernau, the Spaniard who has competed in his last race with the team as injury rules him out of the Gran Premio bwin.com de la Comunitat Valenciana. It remains to be seen where the former World Championship runner-up will ride next season.

"It's always nice to welcome someone to our large family but it is just as difficult to say goodbye to someone who leaves. We are at the end of a season that has given us great satisfaction but which on the other hand has proved to have been particularly difficult for Sete. Despite his devotion and his undoubted talent, a number of factors have prevented him from obtaining the results to live up to everyone's expectations. Our heartfelt thanks go out to him for his commitment and professionalism and we wish him all the best for his future.

I am delighted to welcome Casey to Ducati. He is a very promising rider, with talent and determination in abundance. We are sure that with the help of our and Loris's experience, he will get to know our bike and his experience will mature in line with the development of the GP7. With his enthusiasm and aggressive riding style, Casey is sure to give our fans some extraordinary emotions, in the best spirit of Ducati".

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MotoGP, 2006, Casey Stoner

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