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Ducati Marlboro riders looking forward to Phillip Island

Ducati Marlboro riders looking forward to Phillip Island

Ducati Marlboro riders looking forward to Phillip Island

The Ducati Marlboro team has made its way back to the top of the MotoGP class since the Czech GP with three pole positions, two victories, one second-place and one third-place finish from the last four races.

After suffering from the heat in Qatar, Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa will be keen to shine next week on the Phillip Island circuit for the Polini Australian Grand Prix.

Capirossi has always enjoyed Phillip Island ever since he won his first world title on his debut at the track way back in 1990. Since then he has enjoyed plenty more success at the circuit, including podium finishes at the last two Australian GPs. He is also the current circuit lap record holder.

"I love Phillip Island, it's so nice to ride, so long as the weather isn't too bad," says Capirossi. "I always love fast corners and Phillip Island has many beautiful corners. My favourites are turns one and three and up the hill through Lukey Heights. The only corner I don't like is Honda corner! It is the kind of track where the rider can make the difference. It's also good for our Desmosedici, we have always been fast here, so I hope that we are able to fight with the best as we were able to do at Motegi and Sepang. Bridgestone has done some great work recently, so we'll wait and see what evolution tyres they bring to this race. I hope we've got a good package because I really want second place in the championship!"

His team-mate Carlos Checa turns 33-years old on Saturday at Phillip Island, so the Spaniard will be out to celebrate with the best-possible race result on Sunday.

"Phillip Island is a really nice track and also a really nice place, the only thing that can spoil it is the weather," said the Spaniard who has already ridden his Desmosedici at the track during off-season testing. "The main character of the circuit is very fast turns, and the high-speed run back to Lukey Heights is especially tricky because there are many fast changes of direction. The rest of the track isn't so tough, though it's always hard work for the rear tyre, mainly because of the last two lefts. You always have close racing at this track, which is nice for us and also for the fans. We have made some great progress over the last few races with Bridgestone. It's a great feeling to be able to race for the leading positions again, even though we weren't quite there at Qatar. Like everywhere, so much depends on tyre performance, so we'll be working very hard to get the best package with Bridgestone."

MotoGP, 2005, POLINI AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Ducati Marlboro Team

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