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The MotoGP Mugello press conference

The MotoGP Mugello press conference

Five riders were present in Mugello for the afternoon's pre-event press conference: Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden, Chris Vermeulen, Valentino Rossi and Marco Melandri.

Five riders were present in Mugello for the afternoon's pre-event press conference. World Championship leader Casey Stoner was joined by MotoGP title holder Nicky Hayden, Le Mans race winner Chris Vermeulen, victor at the last five races at Mugello Valentino Rossi and local rider Marco Melandri:

Casey Stoner

"Some of these circuits coming up will be difficult for us, including this one despite the fact that it's a track that I like. The Italian riders have proved themselves to be very hard to beat here, but I think that the Ducati is going to go well."

"Us Australians had a bit of a slack point when Mick Doohan retired, then we had some good results from Garry McCoy. Unfortunately after that things weren't so great, but now we are having a lot of success and are motivating each other."

Valentino Rossi

"Mugello is a special race for me, and for all the Italian riders. It's one of the most technical circuits, and I've had many epic battles here. This year Casey has been doing a great job, and I expect him to have a good race. However, I think that Loris will also go well."

"We need a bit more speed, and also to work a bit more with Michelin. It is clear that Bridgestone have the advantage at the moment."

Nicky Hayden

"It's been a frustrating time, but you know that they don't just hand out results in MotoGP. Everybody is under pressure, but we still believe that we will get ours. We've improved, but the Honda isn't fast enough yet. Michelin and the riders need to work as well, so we can't just blame Honda. Credit to the other factories."

"We should all give Casey his due, he is riding excellently and rode a race at Le Mans that wins championships."

Marco Melandri

"I know that Mugello will be tough. I'm pretty happy after getting on the podium, but I can see here that we will lose something on the long straight. You don't get any presents for being Italian in this race, but of course it would be nice to win in front of my home crowd."

"Qualifying has been my weakness recently, so I have to improve that and hope to be on one of the front two rows."


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