‘I KNEW THE PROGRESS WOULD PAY’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - CASEY STONER

“This was a mas­sive day for Du­cati – it was a fan­tas­tic feel­ing to get our first win in six years, a great one-two by the An­dreas, Ian­none and Dovizioso.

“There was a big fo­cus on our en­gine per­for­mance, but the lat­est chas­sis is also a fac­tor, with bet­ter rear grip and im­proved cor­ner exit turn­ing which is cru­cial to­wards the end of a race.

“I’ve felt more part of this team as a test rider and part of the de­vel­op­ment and the di­rec­tion more than I could ever imag­ined at Honda so it’s nice to be back with Du­cati win­ning again.

“I wasn’t ner­vous watch­ing even when it was tight in the early laps be­cause I knew the po­ten­tial and how much progress has been made with the Des­mosedici.

“The Yamaha game plan was to make things dif­fi­cult and if they had got­ten over the top of the Ducatis in the open­ing laps it would have made it much tougher to con­trol the out­come.

“I was re­ally im­pressed when Dovi got to the front and led for 10 laps mid-race and stretched every­body. That put the pres­sure on Lorenzo and Valentino, on the Yama­has and on their tyres.

“And then it was clear Ian­none had made the right tyre choice with the softer com­pound medium rear. It was a big risk with a po­ten­tial drop in per­for­mance.

“Lorenzo re­minded ev­ery­one why he has been the most con­sis­tent rider over the past eight years. I find it in­cred­i­ble how peo­ple for­get what Jorge is ca­pa­ble of af­ter a cou­ple of dif­fi­cult races.

“It was a great day. Du­cati rid­ers swept the podium; Jorge was third and is al­ready signed to be with us next year!”

‘Du­cati swept the podium and Jorge is signed to be with us’ CASEY STONER

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