We’re betting that no-one thought that Casey Stoner’s almost inevitable victory at the Phillip Island round of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship would turn out to be the last time anyone won a race on a Ducati MotoGP machine for 2 whole years. Sure Stoner was leaving but Valentino Rossi was coming and the G.O.A.T was bound to race to win right?
Ah No. Vale almost certainly can’t wait to be shod of the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 after this season’s final race at Valencia. Although he has scored podiums, Rossi has never looked like winning a race since he first swung a leg on the Ducati during the post season test at Valencia in 2010.
Instead those steady laps on the black machine set the tone for his two seasons for team red, never able to get the bike to his liking despite numerous changes to the engine and chassis that included effectively debuting the 2012 machine last year but in 800cc guise.
Stoner’s victory at home on October 17th , 2010 was his 4th in succession (he made it 5 last year on the Honda) and rather disappointingly only his 3rd victory of the season after struggling all year and not breaking through until the 13th race at new circuit Aragon.
Still he won races when no-one else could then or since. We believe Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso and Ben Spies have little chance in 2013 either since Audi’s influence is unlikely to be seen before 2014. All that to say that if you want to see what a Ducati winner looks like, you had better gaze on imminent retiree Casey below!
Source: Ducati Corse