Casey Stoner goes home to Phillip Island this week hoping to make some in-roads into solving some of the electronic and power delivery gremlins that have dogged him at the last two tests on board Ducati’s new GP7 800cc machine.
A new engine management system and electronic engine braking system has taken more time to get up to speed than anticipated and Aussie Stoner said: “We can see how it reacts in colder conditions at Phillip Island. Ducati have had a good history there so we’ll wait and see. Every time I go out there is something a little different with the electronics, traction control and power delivery, trying to smooth out and see what we need.
“It’s strange, since I tested the bike for the first time in Valencia it seemed a lot more clear, we had a really good test, everything was sweet. Since then we’ve had a few dramas and we just have to sort those problems and get back to where we were.
“When the bike is right, I’ll be right. We just need to concentrate on getting the feeling and I’m sure it won’t take long to get comfortable and get in the groove - that’s what testing is for.”