Casey Stoner, who had spent 2006 losing the front end on a LCR Honda, found his new Ducati ride workable. Lots of things were said about him—mostly that Ducati’s new Ferrari-inspired electronics allowed him to “just snap open the grip and let the system handle it.” His Bridgestone tires had also matured, and Ducati’s engine-smoothing systems offered a new menu of controllability. Later, Stoner would say, “You have to ride each bike as it has to be ridden.” Partly, this was a dig at classical riders who worked over their bikes to suit their own styles. Partly, it was a bald statement of fact. If a bike pushes the front, you have to kick the back loose, Kenny Roberts-style, to make it steer. Stoner made this look easy and rode away from the opposition.