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Ducati back in action on European soil

Ducati back in action on European soil

Ducati back in action on European soil

Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau return to Europe from a run of three ‘flyaway' races to contest the French GP, the first of a crucial run of six events at classic European racetracks.

Both riders travel to Le Mans hoping for some decent weather after ever-changing conditions plagued their progress at the last two GPs, in Turkey and China. But despite a difficult day at Shanghai last Sunday, Spanish GP winner Capirossi still holds second overall in the World Championship while Gibernau is still tenth. With Ducati and Bridgestone tyres improving the team's technical package step by step, the team is aiming to get back up front in Europe, with a little help from the sun!

Loris Capirossi

"Now we return to Europe, to racetracks that everyone knows, so we're entering a very interesting part of the season. It's going to be exciting because the championship is very tight, there are a lot of riders close on points and a lot of fast new riders. We just hope for some sun! Our bike continues to improve, as always. We have done a lot of work on engine management, so it is more rider-friendly in wet conditions. When the tyres suit the track, we have an incredible bike. We just need keep on believing and working hard. I don't like the Le Mans track, it's not one of my favourites, even though I've won the 250 race there. The layout isn't at all technical, so it's not much fun to ride, it's just gas, brake, gas, brake. But we will see, because they have made some changes to the first corner and the first chicane, so maybe it will feel different to ride."

Sete Gibernau

"Le Mans is a weird track because although I don't really enjoy it, my results there have always been pretty good. And I guess I'd rather have good results at a track I don't really enjoy than have bad results at a track that I do enjoy! I've won at Le Mans in the dry, I've won there in the wet and I was second last year, so maybe I am starting to like the place a bit. Everyone knows it's a stop-and-go kind of a circuit, so you need good acceleration and good braking performance. We go there hoping to be competitive and hoping for better weather because we are entering a crucial part of the championship, with races at tracks which everyone knows well. Looking at the season so far, we need to keep our heads down, keep learning, maybe trust in our own instincts a little more and try to have a better weekend than we had at the last two races. Ducati and Bridgestone are working very hard, so we know our time will come."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE

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