MotoGP: Casey Stoner talks Ducati's Austrian win

Published: 19 August 2016

This was a massive day for Ducati and a long time coming so it was a fantastic feeling to be at our first win in six years, a great 1-2 by the Andreas, Iannone and Dovizioso. 

There was a big focus on Ducati's strong engine performance at the A1 Ring but the latest chassis is also a factor, better rear grip and improved corner exit turning which is crucial towards the end of a race. 

I've felt more part of this team as a test rider and as part of the development and the direction more than I could ever imagined at Honda so it's nice to be back with Ducati winning again.

I wasn't nervous watching even when it was tight in the early laps because I knew the potential knowing how much progress has been made with the Desmosedici this year.

The Yamaha game plan was to make things difficult and if they had gotten over the top of the Ducatis in the opening laps it would have made it much tougher to control the outcome.

I was really impressed when Dovi got to the front and led for ten laps mid-race and stretched everybody. That put the pressure on Lorenzo and Valentino on the Yamahas and their tyres.

And then it was clear Iannone had made the right tyre choice with the softer compound medium rear. It was a big risk with a potential drop in performance but Iannone used it well and the tyre held up in hot conditions.

At the end Lorenzo reminded everyone why he has been the most consistent rider in terms of wins and championship results over the past eight years. I find it incredible how quickly people forget what Jorge is capable of after a couple of difficult wet races.

It was a great day. Ducati riders actually swept the podium, too; Jorge was third and is already signed to be with us next year!