Unofficial: Stoner signs for Repsol Honda
Reports from Italy state the deal’s done
Posted: 11 May
NEWSFLASH: Casey Stoner has signed to race for Repsol Honda MotoGP in 2011 - that’s the latest from trusted Italian media source SportsMediaSet.it
The Australian is reported to have been lured away by Ducati MotoGP’s former manager, Livio Suppo, following months of speculation as to whether Stoner would stop with Ducati.
It’s believed Stoner fell out of favour with Ducati bosses over last year’s ‘mystery illness’ which arguably cost the Italian team the 2009 MotoGP title.
It’s also alleged the 2007 MotoGP World Champion also became disillusioned with the team after Ducati attempted to poach Jorge Lorenzo from Fiat Yamaha, offering the Spaniard almost double Stoner’s reported salary.
Reports also say Ducati have put a two-year deal on the table for Valentino Rossi. The multiple World Champion has until June to decide on whether he wants the offer.
Nothing official, we know but the original source is a trusted one.
We’ll keep you posted for definite confirmation.