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Xaus counting on local knowledge in Australia

Xaus counting on local knowledge in Australia

Xaus counting on local knowledge in Australia

Ruben Xaus stopped off on his way to Phillip Island on Tuesday to pay a visit to an Aboriginal arts centre in Melbourne. Xaus was joined at The Koorie Heritage Trust by Alex Barros and Casey Stoner, and said he was hoping local knowledge could help him to a good result in the MotoGP race on Sunday.

Xaus scored a World Superbike podium here in 2002 and, after his first Grand Prix rostrum in Qatar two weeks ago, he would like nothing more than a repeat performance on the d'Antin Ducati.

"It was really good coming here to the centre, I always like to see a bit of each country we visit and this was a new experience for me," said Xaus. "Now I'll just take it easy on the way down to Phillip Island and enjoy myself for a couple of days. I know quite a lot of people here from my Superbike days and it's great to catch up.

"I know this circuit well, and I love it. I've ridden here in Supersport, Superbikes and we also tested here with the Desmosedici at the beginning of this year and the things we were able to test went well.

"It's quick, but it has a couple of areas where you're braking in the turn, although you need to be quick through the bends. It's similar to Sepang in that if you're on the throttle too much and carry too much corner speed, you don't make enough of the exit.

"It's also different to a lot of the others because it's a left-hand turning track, which means you need to ride it differently, which is nice. I think we'll go well on this track."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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