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MotoGP, Casey Stoner in the Ducati garage at Mugello

After the Italian GP, the Australian will be in Borgo Panigale to decide on tests and wildcards

Casey Stoner in the Ducati garage at Mugello

Casey Stoner will be in the Ducati garage at Mugello. But don't expect him to be in his helmet and leathers. Casey might not be in his technical gear, but he will surely be involved, along with the two Andreas, in welcoming the throngs of fans who will invade the Ducati grandstand set up at the Correntaio turn, with the Italian manufacturer having organised a welcome kit comprising t-shirt, cap, flag and helmet bag, with reserved parking, at a price of 187 Euro for the three days.

The visit by the former champion, who is now the team's test rider, is not just a courtesy call: in the days following the Grand Prix, Stoner will discuss his involvement in the next tests with Ducati management, probably also talking about the long-awaited wildcard entry, that could in fact be two: at the Grand Prix of Phillip Island and Sepang. Two of the tracks that Casey loves the most.

Stoner's performance is also of great interest to Jorge Lorenzo, a friend who has great respect for the Australian and who, in that phase of the championship, will be very close to climbing on board the Desmosedici in the first tests that will take place at Valencia, after the final Grand Prix of the season.

At Mugello, the Desmosedici will have a more 'free' aerodynamic configuration, probably without the double spoilers so as not to affect top speed. A decision on this will be taken this evening. Test rider Michele Pirro will also be on track.

Translated by Heather Watson

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