In October it will be ten years since Casey Stoner won his second MotoGP World Championship, a success he followed six months later by announcing he was quitting, while at the top of his game.
The Australian is rated as one of the greatest MotoGP riders of all time, so his two world titles and 38 victories don’t really do justice to his talent. However, the fact that he won his first title – in 2007 – with Ducati offers some insight into his riding skills.
Ducati has been in MotoGP since 2003, but Stoner remains the only rider to have won the crown for the Bologna marque. The company’s hugely powerful Desmosedici has never been easy to handle and has befuddled many a world champion, most famously Valentino Rossi.