MotoGP: Ducati start to think about maiden MotoGP world crown

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Casey Stoner’s factory Ducati team boss Livio Suppo said it was now impossible to deflect thoughts away from the Aussie rider clinching the Bologna factory’s first MotoGP world title crown.

The 21-year-old has won seven races in 2007 to open up a commanding 60-point lead over Valentino Rossi with just a third of the season remaining.

Helped by the impressive performance of Ducati’s new GP7 800cc contender, Casey Stoner has been dominant in many races this season, and seems certain to win Ducati’s first premier class crown.

The Bologna factory is chasing an historic first MotoGP world title in 2007 having been synonymous with success in World Superbike racing.

Already in 2007, Stoner has won as many races as Ducati managed since it first returned to MotoGP in 2003, and Suppo said it was hard not to begin thinking about defeating the likes of big rivals Honda and Yamaha, Livio Suppo told MCN: “Of course now we can’t say anymore we don’t think about the championship.

“Of course now it is realistic to think about it. But being involved its better to think like Casey. He’s trying too think about it so much, his goal is to go to every circuit and try and win.

“It’s good to avoid thinking too much about the championship but if he goes on the way he has been then it will come. Of course we are more and more confident but it is still not done.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt