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Ducati determined for Laguna visit

Ducati determined for Laguna visit

Ducati head to Laguna Seca for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix following contrasting fortunes for their two riders at Sachsenring, but with Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi both determined to make the most of their American adventure.

Ducati head to Laguna Seca for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix following contrasting fortunes for their two riders at Sachsenring, but with Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi both determined to make the most of their American adventure.

Stoner was disappointed to finish fifth in Germany despite extending his lead in the general classification to 32 points following Valentino Rossi's fifth lap crash – the Aussie rider losing some pace in the second half of the race due to tyre issues having looked set for another podium finish from pole on the grid.

The 21 year-old World Championship leader commented: "After last weekend we'll be working hard to come back at Laguna. It's refreshing to go there because it's a really different racetrack. Like they say, it hasn't been designed by some guy with a computer, it flows with the land and it's really tricky with ups and downs. The track can get a little bit dusty, so the grip's not always the best but I quite enjoy that sometimes."

"I like the whole atmosphere of the American GP, I was very impressed with the American fans last year, they were very supportive to everyone, they're there to have a good time. I think there will be a lot of bikes that can run quick at Laguna and I'm sure the Ducati will perform fine because it's been able to do that at every track so far this year."

Capirossi meanwhile scored a brilliant second place in Germany to step back onto the podium for the first time since Turkey earlier this year and has tasted victory in the States before, having won at Laguna Seca as a 250cc rider in 1993.

The popular Italian added: "I think we have found a good direction with my revised engine spec and different weight distribution. This latest spec engine gives me a really good feeling, it's nice and progressive, which is good for my riding style. At Laguna we plan to start with both bikes using the same set-up we ran in Germany. Laguna was our worst track last year and the year before, but the situation is very different now - the bike is better and the tyres are much better, so I'm quite confident."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX

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