Gardner: The real reason Stoner left Ducati

A lack of funding and no development claims former 500cc champ

Posted: 22 October 2010
by Visordown News

FORMER 500cc World Champion Wayne Gardner has said he believes a lack of development of Ducati's MotoGP bikes is the real reason Casey Stoner decided to quit the Italian squad.

In his latest blog, Gardner reveals what he believes is the real reason why fellow Australian Casey Stoner has chosen to leave Ducati and join Honda in 2011.

"I had a long chat with him down at Phillip Island and he told me that while everyone thinks the factory undertakes constant modifications throughout the year, nothing could be further from the truth.

"He said that over the past two years they've never had any serious development once the season's started. Basically what they start with is what they finish with - just unbelievable.

"He added that Ducati simply didn’t have the budget or manpower to respond to problems that arose during the season."

Gardner believes Ducati's lack of funding is why the company has recently pulled the plug on their World Superbike programme, especially now Rossi has been signed in a multi-million euro deal.

Gardner concludes: "They'll (Ducati) need all the funds and resources they can get their hands on, as Vale will definitely be demanding upgrades throughout the season."

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He he ""... Ducati simply didn’t have the budget or manpower to respond to problems that arouse during the season."" Rossi might not be too happy about that...

Posted: 22/10/2010 at 14:29

Rossi secretly tested the Yamaha in 2003 - dream on fella?

I have no idea where you get your info from evil but it does brighten up a dull day reading your ramblings.

Posted: 22/10/2010 at 15:52

I heard he was peeved  because  some of his macho poser team mates where trying to crack onto his wife while he was out on the track.

Posted: 23/10/2010 at 01:24

I guess he is just pissed off that Stoner hasn't won a title since a lucky 2007. I remember him saying at the end of 2007 how Casey would kick Rossi's ass another time. LOL

Posted: 23/10/2010 at 15:29

Ducati with no upgrades this season still seems to be doing well under Stoner and Hayden  

Posted: 23/10/2010 at 16:13

When Libio Suppo left DUCATI everyone new Stoner was leaving to, thats why and he is going to wipe the floor with that Honda, and not like everyone wil say, but really put HONDA back on track

Posted: 26/10/2010 at 11:05

Still waiting for the red and yellow storm buddy.

Posted: 30/06/2011 at 00:35

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