Casey Stoner to Honda deal rumored

Done deal or Italian media fantasy?

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, May. 11, 2010
Italian motorcycle media reports Casey Stoner has accepted an offer to race for Repsol Honda in the 2011 MotoGP season.

According to Italy’s Sportmediaset, Stoner, currently in the final year of his contract with Ducati Marlboro, will replace Dani Pedrosa who is also in the final year of his contract with Repsol Honda.

No official announcement has been made, and the European motorcycle racing press has been known to report signings that turned out to be untrue. Last August, Spanish site Motocuatro reported Lorenzo had reached an agreement with Ducati. Instead, Lorenzo later re-signed with Fiat Yamaha.

Casey Stoner may be the first domino to fall for the 2011 MotoGP rider signings.

If Stoner does sign with Repsol Honda, he would be reunited with former Ducati team manager Livio Suppo who is now responsible for raising sponsorships with Honda. Stoner’s departure would open a seat with Ducati Marlboro, which would be a dream come true to the Italian media. Indeed, the Sportmedia report goes to greater length about a possible Rossi-Ducati union than Stoner and Honda.