Stoner to test new Ducati bike

Two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner will be testing out the 2016 Ducati bike in Sepang in January.

The news, which was confirmed by Ducati team manager Davide Tardozzi, ends Stoner's five-year association with Honda. 

The two-month testing ban for race riders that extends to the end of January does not apply to test riders like Stoner.

Tardozzi told GPOne that they still had to work out a few details with Stoner but confirmed that he would be doing his first test in Malaysia.

“We are finalising the last details with Casey, there is still no precise date,” Tardozzi told GPOne.

“But definitely the first test that Stoner will do will be in Malaysia, before the official tests. He will probably test with [existing test rider] Michele Pirro.

“We don’t want to force him, but if you can push to the limit as he can do, his feedback will be very important. We are planning some tests for him to gain understanding and build confidence.”