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Ducati’s Performance at Phillip Island Puts Exclamation Point on Dream Season

With Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi taking first and second place at Phillip Island last weekend, Ducati added the constructors’ World Championship to the individual World title secured by Stoner a few weeks ago. According to a press release from Ducati, it is the first non-Japanese manufacturer to win the constructors’ title in the Premier class (formerly 500 GP, now MotoGP) since 1973.

Both Ducati, as a manufacturer, and Stoner, as an individual, dominated this year. Two races still remain in the 2007 MotoGP championship series, yet Stoner and Ducati have already amassed enough points to secure their titles. It was simply no contest.

With the dawning of the 800cc era, Ducati left its competitors scrambling from the start of the series, and they never really caught up. It certainly helped that Bridgestone tires massively improved their competitiveness, and even established superiority over Michelin during the series.