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The MotoGP press conference at Motegi

The MotoGP press conference at Motegi

Before the action of tomorrow's free practice sessions at Motegi, five MotoGP riders gave their thoughts on the race in a pre-event press conference.

Before the action of tomorrow's free practice sessions at Motegi, five MotoGP riders gave their thoughts on the race in a pre-event press conference.

Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro
"We struggled in Portugal a bit, I think I messed about a bit too much mid-race trying to keep up. This race has always been good for Ducati though, even when perhaps the season hasn't been going so well."

"Last year I did ok here, the settings were a little wrong, but the weekend overall was good. I hope that I can continue the good form this year. This track makes the racing interesting, with lots of overtaking."

Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha
"It's not one of my favourite tracks; I've had a lot of second places here, always trying to catch up with Loris but never managing!"

"Brake settings will be important here, but in Portugal we did well with the brakes so I'm not so worried. We just have to check the new Michelins, and see if they work on this surface."

Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro
"In the past this has been a special track, but this will be a different year. Testing was good, but I will wait until tomorrow to see how things are. I will use two different bikes tomorrow to see which one works better here."

"The last four races will be important, because I especially want to finish the year well for Ducati."

Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda
"It is nice weather here, and I like this track. I've liked it since the first time I came here. Every race is important, but this one especially for Honda. Bridgestone have won the last three races here, so we will see if we can improve."

Makoto Tamada Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3
"It has been a difficult year, but we are improving. The Estoril result wasn't good, but the weekend was positive. I like having a tough time, so I'm not so bothered. My wish is to stay in MotoGP, but I have already had a few Superbike offers."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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