Stoner offered Motegi MotoGP Ducati ride for this weekend! Yep!

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Ducati says that it offered former MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner the ride on the Ducati for this weekend’s Motegi round.

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The factory has made the shock admission after news emerged that the injured Andrea Iannone is still not fit following a small fracture to his back he sustained during a fall at the San Marino GP.

Ducati’s test rider Michele Pirro could have replaced Iannone but he is on testing duty at Valencia from Wednesday (tomorrow) to Friday so will not be able to make the Japanese round.

Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati MotoGP boss said: “We gave him the chance, but he said no.”

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However, the week after Motegi is the Australian round and Ciabatti added that we might see Stoner persuaded to race before a planned outing at the final race of the year at Valencia: “First we have to wait and see if Andrea recovers, and then we’ll see what we do if he doesn’t. Initially Casey had no intention to return to the paddock until the final race in Valencia.

“But maybe since it’s Australia he will change his mind, I don’t know.”

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Tony Carter

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