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Back to Brno for Ducati's leading men

Back to Brno for Ducati's leading men

One step ahead of the pack on every front, Ducati Marlboro head to a scene of fond memories this weekend.

One step ahead of the pack on every front, Ducati Marlboro head to a scene of fond memories this weekend. The Italian factory team won their first Czech GP last season courtesy of Loris Capirossi, and return to Brno with a 28 point lead at the head of the team standings and rider Casey Stoner in control of the individual championship.

The Desmosedici GP7 made its regular rider debut last year at Brno, and the progression of the dominant bike will be on show courtesy of their 2007 pairing as of Friday.

"It's good to be starting the second part of the season with Casey leading the riders' championship and with us leading the teams' and constructors' championships," comments Project Manager Livio Suppo. "But we must keep our heads down and work to give Casey and Loris the best we can at every race. Over the past couple of years the second part of the season has traditionally been the best for our package. But this year the new tyre rule changes everything. So sometimes we might arrive at a track where we expect to be competitive and we have a tough weekend, and sometimes the opposite, like Laguna Seca, where we had a great weekend despite having struggled there in the past. So we will take each race as it comes, just like we did during the first part of this season."

"It's good to be going racing again after getting back to Australia for a bit during the summer break. I want to keep pushing and win more races, that's my plan," affirmed championship leader Stoner. "I've always had very good results at Brno, I like the circuit a lot. It's another of those fast, flowing circuits, a little bit like Mugello and Phillip Island, so it's always been one of my favourites. But we'll have to see how we go when we get there. I'm not saying I'm going be any faster there than anywhere else, but I do really enjoy the circuit. Looking at the Ducati and Bridgestone package, Loris did really well at Brno last year, but saying that he also did really well at Jerez last year and we kind of struggled a bit at Jerez at the start of this season, so we just have to wait and see how it'll be. Anyway, I'm pretty sure we'll be able to find out all the bugs and we hope to be strong again on race day."

"I feel ready to start the second part of the season and continue the good direction we found at the last couple of races," adds last year's race winner Capirossi. "Of course, I love Brno, I won there last year and for sure it is one of my best tracks. I love to ride the circuit because it's a fast track with plenty of fast corners, but it is also quite complicated with some downhill sections and some uphill sections, so you need to make the bike work well there, you need a balanced machine to give you the confidence. We rode the 800 for the first time at Brno last year, so it will be interesting to go back there because the bike has come a long way, it's very different now. You also need good horsepower at Brno. I think we will probably start practice with two different engine specs - the standard spec plus the new spec we first used a few races ago - then we will decide which spec to use for the race."


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