The Australian press is reporting that Casey Stoner is still not certain to take part in testing at Sepang. Stoner is recovering from a bone graft operation in late October to repair the cracked scaphoid in his left wrist, but the recovery is taking longer than Stoner had hoped for. "I'm 99 per cent certain that I will be riding at Sepang although I doubt it would be at full fitness," Stoner said.
But the former world champion was not too worried about his injury preventing further development of the bike. The factory had no plans to change the bike much, as Stoner felt that the Ducati Desmosedici GP9 was in good shape as it is. "In Valencia, myself and Nicky were both fastest on two different days in different conditions so that shows we've got a good bike already,'' he said. Changes would any be difficult, a result of the switch to a carbon fiber chassis over the old tubular steel trellis frame used by previous incarnations of the GP9.
Testing is due to resume in Sepang, Malaysia on February 5th.