Wasn't much we could do, admits Stoner
8 November 2010 – After falling from his bike in Portugal seven days earlier, Casey Stoner ended the 2010 season with a strong second place in Valencia on Sunday, which brings an end to the Australian’s Ducati career after an exciting duel with Jorge Lorenzo.
Stoner has competed with Ducati since 2007 – his second MotoGP top class season which saw him beat Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi to the title. Over the course of the past four seasons, the Southport racer has notched up 23 race victories with the Italian outfit.
“We had a big decision to make in terms of the tyre choice today, but we went for the hard compound and maybe in hindsight it cost us,” he explained. “It is difficult to say because maybe the softer option wouldn't have worked as well in the final stages, so we could have ended up second either way.
“At the end of the day, Jorge had a better pace than us today and there wasn't much more we could have done. It’s nice to bring this era to a close on the podium and I think that is fitting.
“I have so many great memories of these past few years with Ducati, from my first win at Qatar in 2007 and that race in Barcelona the same year, to the title success at Motegi and my wins at Phillip Island. I also especially remember my return to action in Portugal last year.
“I have enjoyed every single victory on the Ducati so much and I want to thank them for so many great years together. I leave behind a lot of people that I will miss, like Filippo, Vitto and the others, but even though we will be rivals on the track from now on our personal relationship will stay the same.
“I also want to thank all the Ducati fans for their support over these past four years.”