Gabarrini: “Stoner’s Ducati on the limits of human capabilities” – Moto
Ducati is about to finish a 15-year quick. The yr 2007 Casey Stoner shocked everybody by dominating the season in his debut on the Borgo Panigale bike. The Australian rider had made his MotoGP debut the earlier yr on Lucio Cecchinello’s Honda LCR, taking second place in Turkey as his greatest end result within the third race of the season after which in 2007 instantly gained in Qatar with Ducati, a a hit that was later repeated within the park of Istanbul additionally repeating itself in China the place he resisted all of the assaults of Valentino Rossi.
In complete, Casey Stoner achieved ten victories in that magical season for the Australian and for Ducati, which after 2007 was not capable of consolidate itself within the premier class riders’ championship. 2022 appears to be the yr when the taboo shall be damaged. The Emilian home has gained 11 of the 18 races contested to this point with three totally different drivers (Francesco Bagnaia six, Enea Bastianini 4 and Jack Miller 1) and Francesco Bagnaia after a troublesome begin and a protracted climb now has a 14 level lead over Fabio Quartararo with two races to go.
Casey Stoner and Francesco Bagnaia have one factor in widespread and he’s the chief engineer, Cristian Gabarrini. In 2007 he made his debut with the Australian and “took over” Bagnaia when the world champion within the Moto2 class arrived in MotoGP in 2019. Ducati would have needed to boast of the efficiency of the Piedmontese already in 2018, however the class of 1997 requested for another yr to win the title in Moto2, mission completed certainly.
Gabarrini, interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sporthighlighted how Ducati grew from 2007 to 2022. Desmosedici tamed by Stoner “it was a motorbike on the restrict of human capabilities“, Gabarrini’s phrases. Now, nonetheless, the panorama is totally different: “The variations between the Ducati of 2007 and that of 2022 are abysmal. It was a tough bike, very troublesome to experience, excessive from each perspective. Right this moment it’s a very refined Ducati, technologically on the forefront, like all MotoGP bikes, troublesome to push to the restrict. You need to know the right way to drive it, however now there are 5 or 6 drivers who’re quick on common, in 2007 just one may take it to the restrict, Casey”.
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