Qatar review: The dawn of a new era

Qatar review: The dawn of a new era

Casey Stoner's victory in Qatar on Monday night was one of several firsts. Beyond the obvious, there was a much more significant landmark... Welcome to MotoGP's carbonfibre era.

In Qatar last weekend, Casey Stoner won on the all new GP9 Ducati Desmosedici – an all new carbonfibre chassis crafted by Ducati Corse from all things technological. It didn't just win the race, it utterly murdered the opposition. Fastest in all three practices, the two warm ups, the fastest lap of the race on his second flying lap, and victory 7.7 seconds ahead of an eight-time world champion.

Weekends when riders have such dominance are few and far between, but that weekend – or weekday night - in the desert was memorable for many in the red garage of the works Ducati squad because it was their fourth season-opening race victory on the bounce. The last time Ducati did not win the season opener was Valentino Rossi back in 2005 after he clashed with Sete Gibernau at the last corner at Jerez – a while ago.

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