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Ducati Marlboro men raring to go for Bridgestone's home GP

Ducati Marlboro men raring to go for Bridgestone's home GP

Ducati Marlboro men raring to go for Bridgestone's home GP

After clinching second at Brno, Ducati Marlboro's Loris Capirossi arrives in Japan on a high. The Italian is confident of another strong performance at Bridgestone's home round as the Japanese tyre manufacturer has made great strides in recent times. Team-mate Carlos Checa is also determined to put on a good show in Japan.

"Motegi's character should work well for our tyres - the Bridgestones work really well in tighter, shorter turns where you're mostly using medium lean angle," explained Capirossi, who finished on the podium at Motegi in both 2001 and 2002, and also started from pole in 2001. "They've done an amazing job recently and they have a lot of winning experience at Motegi, so I think we can have a good weekend."

"The track should be good for our bike too - it's the kind of place where acceleration and braking are most important. The Ducati engine has always been very strong and I think its engine-braking system is the best there is. I like Motegi - even though it's just full throttle, brake, full throttle, brake - so I'm looking forward to it. We didn't have the best of starts to this season, so we really want to get some good results from the final few races."

Team-mate Carlos Checa is also eager to shine at the Twin Ring Motegi; the Spaniard was impressive in qualifying trim in Czech Republic as he started from the second row, but a wrong tyre choice ruined his race pace.

"It was frustrating but it's part of racing - sometimes you don't quite choose the best tyre," conceded the Spaniard. "The main thing is that we are competitive now and I hope to turn that into good results during the remaining six races."

"Motegi is a stop-and-go track, with plenty of heavy braking, so you need good braking stability, so you've got the confidence in the front end to brake deep into the corners and turn quickly. Also there's a lot of hard acceleration, which is good when you've got a lot of horsepower, and we have a lot of power."

"I also expect the Bridgestones to offer great grip because they know the track so well. With tyres it's always a fight between performance and durability. Earlier this year we had performance at some races and durability at others, but Bridgestone have made big improvements, so now we have both, though it'll take another few races to see if we have consistence performance from one track to another."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Ducati Marlboro Team

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