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The Ducati boys keen on US comeback

The Ducati boys keen on US comeback

The Ducati boys keen on US comeback

Ducati Marlboro riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa rank among the few MotoGP riders to have previous GP experience at Laguna Seca. Both raced in California in 1993 and 1994 in the quarter litre class. Less than a week before the Red Bull US Grand Prix - the first American GP in ten years - the riders shared their thoughts.

"I really liked the track on a 250, but I don't know how it will work for a MotoGP bike," says Capirossi, winner of the 1993 US 250 GP. "It will be exciting and challenging. Turn one will be very impressive, also uphill to the Corkscrew, where you use the rear brake while you're accelerating up the hill, so the bike doesn't wheelie too much."

"It will be a busy weekend with a lot of work on set-up, but the good thing is that our bike is now quite competitive and that Bridgestone are working very hard, bringing us a lot of tyres to test. For sure Laguna won't be easy on a MotoGP bike but I'm definitely looking forward to racing in the States again."

Carlos Checa also has fond memories of the Californian track, racing there when he was just a young privateer still waiting to be discovered by the factory teams. His seventh-place finish in the '94 event definitely helped him on his way to the top.

"Last time I raced at Laguna I was just starting out in GPs," recalls Checa. "They were my first races outside Europe, so they were big experiences with big memories. Laguna is so up and down that it feels like motocross. It will certainly be very interesting on a MotoGP bike, not easy at all. Basically our bike is working quite well at the moment, so we hope it will be okay at Laguna – the tyres too. Anyway, I'm excited about this race. It's always good to do something different and after 11 years Laguna will feel like a new track."


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