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Stoner checks out with “fitting” final Ducati podium

Stoner checks out with “fitting” final Ducati podium

The Australian finished second at Valencia – his 42nd podium in Ducati colours in his last race with the Italian factory team.

Casey Stoner brought his four-year Ducati spell to an end with the 42nd podium of his time on the official team of the Bologna factory, as he took second place in the 2010 season finale at Valencia.

Starting from pole position after displaying devastating pace in the practice and qualifying sessions, the 25 year-old Australian led the race for 23 laps until 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo edged in front and he was pleased to end his time with Ducati on a positive note.

“It is nice to bring this era to a close on the podium and I think that is fitting,” said Stoner. “I have so many great memories of these past few years with Ducati, from my first win at Qatar in 2007 and that race in Barcelona the same year, to the title success at Motegi and my wins at Phillip Island. I also especially remember my return to action in Portugal last year.”

Stoner took 23 premier class wins on the Desmosedici, and continued: “I have enjoyed every single victory on the Ducati so much and I want to thank them for so many great years together. I leave behind a lot of people that I will miss, like Filippo (Preziosi), Vitto (Guareschi) and the others but even though we will be rivals on the track from now on our personal relationship will stay the same. I also want to thank all the Ducati fans for their support over these past four years.”

Reflecting on using the harder rear compound tyre for the race whilst his fellow podium finishers Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi both went with the medium option, he said: “We had a big decision to make in terms of the tyre choice today but we went for the hard compound and maybe in hindsight it cost us. It is difficult to say because maybe the softer option wouldn't have worked as well in the final stages so we could have ended up second either way. At the end of the day Jorge had a better pace than us today and there wasn't much more we could have done.”


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