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Press Conference

Loris Capirossi

I think this week starts a hard section of the season for everyone. Three Grands Prix in a row is tough, and also we can't afford to make any mistakes because an injury would be very bad at this moment.

I haven't got many good memories from last year, in fact I think it was one of the worst races for Ducati. But Bridgestone have improved our tyres over the winter, so I am more confident.

The track isn't easy, it's technical with a lot of long lefts. My style does seem to suit the track though, so it's not so bad for me. We just need consistency at this stage of the season, we're getting better and better.

Mugello was fantastic, for the spectators it's the best moment in the history of MotoGP to be a fan.

Nicky Hayden

It's difficult here, like all the tracks. Since the repaving that they did two years ago I like it a lot more.

I struggled in the IRTA test, but that was a long time ago and now is when it really counts. In the post-Mugello testing I managed to do a few laps despite the bad weather, so I'm feeling good.

The last race in Mugello was really enjoyable, and it seems to have given us a bigger profile in America. When I went home people came up and asked me about the race, which doesn't happen normally.

Now the season really gets going. Six races in such a short space of time is a grind, and there's a lot at stake. I'm healthy and we're working well together in order to bring it. It would be a bad time for the injury, but you still need to take chances.

Dani Pedrosa

It's a big weekend, my home Grand Prix in front of what is sure to be a packed crowd. The track itself isn't easy, especially riding a race distance but also in practice and qualifying. It's bumpy and technical, meaning that we need to find our best set-up. Three races in a row is a very important time for everyone, we need to just keep going.

It's not a moment that I've particularly dreamed of, but I feel happy and lucky to be able to ride here and do what I love.

Sete Gibernau

I needed to feel like I did in Mugello. It is always hard to race like we did there, but we had a strong and hard battle which was conducted in a very sporting way. The last few laps I got on the pace after some early problems.

I have had some good races here, and it would be nice to come to the last lap with the chance to win. We need to start on Friday as always, and also to believe in Bridgestone and Ducati who have done such great work for us. I'm starting to enjoy riding again, and the team make my work so much easier. I think it's good for the whole championship.


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