A lot has happened since October 17 2010, when Casey Stoner won that year's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island for Ducati. Stoner went back to Honda, won another MotoGP title, retired, tried touring cars while testing sporadically for Honda and is now back at Ducati as a tester. Valentino Rossi replaced Stoner at Ducati, struggled, returned to Yamaha and is seemingly getting better and better.
Rossi also had a major feud with Marc Marquez, who since October 2010 has sealed that year's 125cc title, graduated to and conquered Moto2, then did the same in MotoGP to win two championships. Jorge Lorenzo added two more titles to his 2010 crown. Suzuki has been away and come back. Riders have turned over to such an extent that just seven from that 2010 Australian GP are still in MotoGP, one third of the current grid.
But one thing that had not happened until last Sunday was a Ducati victory. A run that in the end reached 2,128 days and 101 grands prix built up quietly and, by the start of this year, had become a fascinating subplot, given the quality of the Desmosedici GP developed by Ducati.