DUCATI CALLS UP STONER FOR FIRST TEST OF 2018

DUCATI CALLS UP STONER FOR FIRST TEST OF 2018

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Two-time MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner will return to action when he tests for Ducati at the Sepang circuit later this month.

The Australian, who last rode the Italian manufacturer’s bike at Valencia in September last year, will join fellow test rider Michele Pirro in the three-day test, which takes place on January 24-26.

Although Ducati is yet to reveal its plans for the test, Stoner’s programme could include riding the 2018 bike before Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo ride it in the first official pre-season test that kicks off in Malaysia two days later.

Stoner, the MotoGP world champion with Ducati in 2007, already took part in the first test with what was then the Italian maker’s newest bike, the GP17, last year.

Yamaha will also be present at the Sepang test with Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Kohta Nozane, while Honda could field former MotoGP star Stefan Bradl alongside test riders Hiroshi Aoyama and Takumi Takahashi.

Sylvain Guintoli will ride for Suzuki, while Mika Kallio and Matteo Baiocco will be on testing duties for KTM and Aprilia respectively.

Source: Ducati calls up Stoner for first test of 2018

LORENZO HIRES DEBON AS RIDER COACH FOR 2018

LORENZO HIRES DEBON AS RIDER COACH FOR 2018

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Former 250cc racer Alex Debon will join the coaching team of Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo for 2018.

Debon, 41, made 152 starts in the 250cc/Moto2 category between 1998 and 2010, scoring two grand prix victories and a best championship placing of fourth in 2008.

He was also test rider for Aprilia’s 250cc project in 2006 and 2007, with Lorenzo winning the title both years under the leadership of Ducati’s current technical boss, Gigi Dall’Igna.

Debon has already started working with Lorenzo, joining the Spaniard’s entourage in last month’s Valencia and Jerez post-season tests.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro was assigned to Lorenzo as a coach this year, but the Italian’s wildcard races and CIV Superbike commitments prevented him from performing his duties at some events.

On the other hand, Debon will be present at every race in 2018.

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Alex Debon Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Images

 

Source: Lorenzo hires Debon as rider coach for 2018