Stoner completes 2016 Ducati test in Qatar

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner enjoyed his first taste of the 2016 specification Ducati MotoGP machine following the completion of a two-day test in Qatar.

The two-time world champion tested on Monday and Tuesday at the Losail circuit following the Qatar Grand Prix, having seen his original test session abandoned following a misinterpretation of the testing rules.

After rain hampered the first day of the test, Stoner went on to log 65 laps on Tuesday aboard the same Ducati machine which finished second in last Sunday’s curtain raiser.

The Ducati test rider evaluated several new parts throughout the test.

“We got a lot of track time, even though the conditions weren’t perfect,” said Stoner.

“There was a bit of rain, but then it was dry for the rest of the day, and there was more than enough time for us to complete the scheduled programme.

“Finally, I got some time on the (2016) Desmosedici GP, which I found different to the GP15.

“I would have loved two days to test the bike thoroughly, but we are happy with what we did in the 65 laps.

“We tested lots of stuff, there were positives and negatives in everything, and we were quite happy with the direction we are taking.”

The Italian manufacturer did not release any lap times.

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