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The Door Is Open at Ducati for Casey Stoner, Max Biaggi Dominates WSBK Practice at Misano

It's rather hard to avoid having Casey Stoner in the newsfeed, as each of the moves the 29-year-old, two-time World MotoGP Champion makes sparks rumors and gives new, if illusory, hopes to his fans. We recently reported on Stoner's presence in the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race in July and his commitment to Honda.
Casey Stoner in the Ducati era 1 photo
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Still, we must not forget that one of the two GP world titles Stoner won was with Ducati, and everyone at Borgo Panigale thinks very highly of him. Recently, Paolo Ciabatti, Sporting Director for Ducati Corse sad that in case Stoner would consider donning the premier class leathers once more, Ducati's door is open.

It is with much confidence that Ducati now speaks about the biggest names in MotoGP, as the dark days seem to be a matter of the past. The new bike engineered by Gigi Dall'Igna returned to battling at the top, and is a common presence on the podium.

Even Stoner declared that he was glad to see Ducati return in the front of the pack with a highly competitive bike. Still, Ciabatti believes that the chances to see Stoner moving back to Europe and returning to a career as a professional racer are rather slim.

However, the Ducati Corse official says that Stoner, who is still a young rider, has plenty of valuable potential he could put to good work should he decide to race in MotoGP once more. "If he changes his mind he can contact us at any time," Ciabatti concluded.

Returning Max Biaggi dominates the first two World Superbike Free Practice sessions at Misano

Aprilia's wildcard entry in this weekend's World Superbike races at Misano, Max Biaggi, has dominated the first two Free Practices yesterday.

Though exceptionally modest in a recent interview he gave before the racing weekend kicked off, Biaggi looks like he's in a great shape and has not lost too much of the on-track nerve.

The "Roman Emperor" used to say that Troy Bayliss was his reference point as far as the race results were concerned. While Bayliss' best position was a very honourable 9th, it looks like Biaggi might actually do much better, if he maintains the pace on Sunday.

In FP1, Max Biaggi led from Ducati's Chaz Davies by just under half a second, with Kawasaki's Rea, BMW's Reiterberger and Honda's Guintoli for the top five. The second FP saw Biaggi a quarter of a second faster than Giugliano, who was followed by his Ducati teammate Davies, with Aprilia's Haslam fourth and Kawasaki and Rea fifth.

The third Free Practice session is about to start at the time of writing.
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