Reports from Italy state the deal's done
NEWSFLASH: Casey Stoner has signed to race for Repsol Honda MotoGP in 2011 - that's the latest from trusted Italian media source SportsMediaSet.it
The Australian is reported to have been lured away by Ducati MotoGP's former manager, Livio Suppo, following months of speculation as to whether Stoner would stop with Ducati.
It's believed Stoner fell out of favour with Ducati bosses over last year's 'mystery illness' which arguably cost the Italian team the 2009 MotoGP title.
It's also alleged the 2007 MotoGP World Champion also became disillusioned with the team after Ducati attempted to poach Jorge Lorenzo from Fiat Yamaha, offering the Spaniard almost double Stoner's reported salary.
Reports also say Ducati have put a two-year deal on the table for Valentino Rossi. The multiple World Champion has until June to decide on whether he wants the offer.
Nothing official, we know but the original source is a trusted one.
We'll keep you posted for definite confirmation.
Stoner to Repsol Honda will mean Dani out of a ride in my opinion. Dovi will stay as he is a career Honda rider and a good back-up. Honda ultimately must be frustrated with Puig skulking around the garage.
I envision Pedrosa going to Yamaha (minus Puig), can’t really see him at Tech 3 but that would be interesting, it’ll be Edwards/Pedrosa, maybe this would be good for Dani, Edwards could bring out his personality, but with his Red Bull sponsorship this might be difficult. But that can always change.
What I think might be likely is Fiat will drop their sponsorship with Yamaha, and in desperation they’ll pick up Pedrosa to lure in a big name Spanish sponsor ala Movistar. There will be a rift in the garage and the wall will still be in place, but I can’t see the negative impact this will have on Lorenzo, surely it’ll just spur him on.
It is true what they say, silly season is definiately earlier every year.
Posted: 11/05/2010 at 15:03
Posted: 11/05/2010 at 19:43
of course he's going to Honda....that's why Ducati have been so keen to get the bike rideable for anyone else that might be in the team next season...Pedrosa is out of the Honda squad next year and Stoner is the replacement....makes sense as Stoner is quite short too and it means that Honda wont have to alter the height of the shelves in the pit garage.
Posted: 12/05/2010 at 14:52
If this is true, I would have thought Nicky Hayden and Jorge Lorenzo are rubbing their hands together!?
Nicky's probably still at Ducati next year. He seems to be getting stronger, and if he can get some good results through this season then Ducati surely wont want to lose both their factory riders, especially with the Pramac boys underperforming.
Rossi and Hayden back together, somethingthat has been friendly and successful in the past. Add that Stoner may not gel with the Honda straight away, ditto Pedrosa on a Yamaha. Lorenzo and Hayden would both fancy the title, although you wouldn't bet against Rossi on any bike. I'd expect Lorenzo to be quicker over the season than Hayden, but as 2006 showed, and F1 is showing at the moment, it's not always the outright quickest who gets the most points. Either way, I think if Hayden ca keep a top ride for 2012, and the electronics are cut with the 1000cc engines, we could see some fireworks.
Posted: 13/05/2010 at 11:07
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