Also from the article:
Ducati team boss Livio Suppo has been supportive of Stoner and has dismissed the speculation as nonsense.
Man, I wouldn't be unhappy to see Cal at Tech 3 for a while. He could get his shot at a factory ride one day if he's patient and keeps competitive. He may not always bring in the top results race-in, race-out, but he's always relevant and exciting. You dont get many people nowadays coming from World Supersport and thinking they're gonna be a relevant rider in MotoGP. I really like how he's earned his way even through the likes of the other top British riders in the British and World SBK/SS series. He's talented. If he can mature a bit, he might possibly be the best of the non-aliens.
Livio has always been a Stoner Ally. Supposedly had a lot to do with him following him to Honda.
Didn't Cal already have a chance to sign for Ducati earlier this year? If so, has that offer been taken off the table now?
Surely Herve will snap him back up again if that's the case? Surely he wont be without a ride?