Casey Stoner took to the track this morning at Sepang for his first test on the new GP16 machine. He will complete two days of testing today and tomorrow, ahead of the first offical pre-season test, which starts on Monday.
While rumours abound that he will return to MotoGp this year, Casey said he has made no decision as yet.
“Ducati want me to do wildcards and I’ve got options whenever I want, but at this point we have made no decision. I’ll see how the tests go and hopefully I can get some test time on a grippy track that’s race-ready.”
“My main focus is testing and to work on the development programme to get Ducati back to winning races.”
Toby Price has become the first Australian to win any category of the gruelling Dakar Rally, taking out the motorcycle division in this year’s race just three years after a broken neck threatened his future in the sport.
BIKES – OFFICIAL PODIUM
1. Toby Price
2. Stefan Svitko +39’41”
3. Pablo Quintanilla +48’48”
“I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to think, it hasn’t quite sunk in yet – I’m just stoked to be here to finish and to finish first. Thank you for my family and friends and everyone back home in Australia for their support it has been amazing. I can’t thank the KTM Factory Racing team enough for all their efforts, 2 years ago I never would’ve thought I would be doing this, to finish is a win in itself but to be standing on the Dakar Rally podium is unbelievable” – Toby Price
On Sunday 17th January the Motorcycling Community once again showed their support and compassion for those in need. The Ride for South West Fire Relief was organised by Keith from On Two Wheels TV to help the poor buggers doing it tough down South, the people of Yarloop, Waroona and other towns affected by the recent bushfires.
Here’s what Keith had to say after the event:
What can I say, thank you thank you thank you, what a day.
Ok down to business here it is.
That is the total raised on the day, includes 1000 dollar cheque and cash from Ulysses Joondalup, $250 from a collection tin in spinnakers in Mandurah.
A big thank you goes out to the following:
Sunbreakers restaurant in Mandurah, Gayle ,Don and all their staff.
Mean Machines Morley.
Kerri from Laubman and Pank in Warwick.
The Military Brotherhood.
Everyone who donated goods for the auction.
All the guys and gals helping us out today especially Peter Palfery, the two dan’s and their girlfriends, Richard for driving the camera/auction car.
Finally everyone of you that came and donated money for a great cause, it’s hard to put into words but the site of all those bikes was moving, the motorcycle community is an amazing brother and sisterhood of people brought together by the love of two wheels, oh sorry and three wheels as well.
CASEY Stoner has left the door open to return to the MotoGP grid — if only for selected races.
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