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Ducati expect Shanghai to be competitive, but no easy ride

Ducati expect Shanghai to be competitive, but no easy ride

Currently leading both the individual standings (through Casey Stoner) and the team classification, Ducati Marlboro go into the next race on a rich run of form.

Currently leading both the individual standings (through Casey Stoner) and the team classification, Ducati Marlboro go into the next race on a rich run of form.

The Shanghai International circuit will certainly play into the hands of the Italian factory, with two long straights ideally suited to the most powerful bike on the MotoGP grid. However, whilst the team acknowledge that the track is a good one for them, they are well aware that the race will be by no means easy.

"We now go to a circuit where, in theory, we should be very competitive. A lot of people say Shanghai will be easy because it features two long straights but I don't think it will be easy. Anyway, top speed isn't everything and during the first three races we have proved that our bike is very fast around the whole racetrack, not just at the end of the straights," said Ducati MotoGP Project Manager Livio Suppo.

"It is good to be leading the riders' championship, the constructors' championship and the team championship, but we are keeping our feet on the ground, treating each weekend as a new challenge and just doing our best. Everyone at the factory and in the team is working very hard, Bridgestone are doing a great job and Shell Advance are also playing an important role."

World Championship leader Casey Stoner shares Suppo's optimism, and highlighted the fact that it isn't just the straights that suit the Desmosedici GP7 at the Chinese track.

"I think Shanghai is going to be pretty good because our whole package is working just about perfectly so far," commented the Australian. "The bike and the tyres are amazing, plus the team itself. It's like a great family, I've felt at home since I first arrived and they allow me to do the job I want to do. For me Shanghai is a pretty good track, that hairpin at the end of the back straight is a bit dodgy but the rest seems to flow quite well together, so you can get a bit of a rhythm going, except through the first two corners and the hairpin."

"I think we should be pretty competitive. You don't only need horsepower at Shanghai, you also need good braking performance and I remember last year that the Ducatis were very, very hard to beat into the hairpin because the Ducati has got great braking. I think the track will be good for the bike and the Bridgestone tyres. Everyone in the team is doing a great job but we're still a long way from home as far as the season goes."

Loris Capirossi, who made his return to the podium in Turkey after a faltering opening to 2007, is hoping to build on his Istanbul rostrum performance in Shanghai.

"After Turkey I feel like I am back, like the season has started for me. The first two races were difficult for me but the team and Bridgestone kept their faith and now I am enjoying myself again, and you have to enjoy riding these bikes to be fast. Bridgestone continue to work very, very well. Last year Turkey was difficult for them but this time they really dominated the race, fantastic!"

"We think we can have another good weekend at Shanghai because last year's race wasn't so bad for us. Shanghai is quite a strange track with a really long back straight, amazing. The first part is a little bit too F1 style for me, it's not really easy and it's not much fun with a motorcycle, but overall the track isn't so bad. I like riding there and for sure our bike is not too bad on long straights! After Turkey I feel like we have a very, very good opportunity for the rest of the season, but we will see what happens and we must keep working, race by race."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, SINOPEC GREAT WALL LUBRICANTS GRAND PRIX OF CHINA

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