Casey Stoner Extends With Ducati For 2008, And Possibly Beyond

Italian MotoGP news site GPOne.com is reporting that Casey Stoner has prolonged his contract with Ducati for 2008. The Australian, and current world championship leader, had an option in his contract to sign for another year with Ducati, and after Stoner's outstanding performance so far this year, Ducati were keen to tie him down for 2008. The contract is said to contain further options, which could lead to a very long term relationship between the Australian and the Bologna factory.

The question of Stoner's team mate is still undecided, however. Loris Capirossi is still favorite, but Capirex is said to be considering other offers, believed to include a very generous offer from Kawasaki. Other possibilities, according to GPOne.com, include Andrea Dovizioso and Alex de Angelis, both of which would make a great deal of sense, as Ducati is likely to want an Italian rider on board their bike. The one name which has been ruled out entirely is defending 250 world champion Jorge Lorenzo. Stoner and Lorenzo are believed not to get along (unsurprisingly, as there are very few people in the paddock who do get along with the Mallorcan superstar), and Lorenzo is believed to have already signed a contract with Yamaha for next year, despite opposition from Valentino Rossi.

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