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Business as usual for Ducati and homecoming hero Stoner

Business as usual for Ducati and homecoming hero Stoner

They may be on the brink of their first ever constructors and teams World titles, and have a World Champions homecoming this weekend, but the GMC Australian Grand Prix is very much business as usual for the Ducati Marlboro team.

They may be on the brink of their first ever constructors and teams World titles, and have a World Champions homecoming this weekend, but the GMC Australian Grand Prix is very much business as usual for the Ducati Marlboro team.

MotoGP Project Director Livio Suppo is keen to emphasise that motivation for the race is the same as ever, and is looking forward to what seems like an inevitable triple triumph for the team.

´Honestly speaking, we go to Phillip Island with the usual mentality - aiming to win because we love racing and we love winning, it´s our passion,´ explains Suppo. ´I´m very happy that Casey arrived in Australia with the crown already in his pocket, so he could relax a little before his home GP. He deserves it, he´s had a wonderful season.´

´The motivation to win races is still there for him and also for Loris, especially after his great victory at Motegi. Also, we still want to secure the constructors´ and teams´ championships. We hope for an exciting battle at Phillip Island because the track nearly always creates good racing.´

Stoner himself is lining up on the grid for the first time as MotoGP World Champion and, despite the pressure to perform for his home fans, remains cool, calm and collected as usual.

´It´s going to be a special feeling going to my home race with the championship already won, but I will be going out to win, same as ever, because that´s what I enjoy doing,´ says the winner of eight races so far in 2007. ´It´s been an amazing season, I always knew I could do it with the right team behind me. I´m really looking forward to seeing the Australian fans, though once I´m on the bike I´ll do my job same as everywhere.´

´Phillip Island is my favourite track, it´s fast and flowing and it´s one of the few places where you can get a MotoGP bike really wound out, it´s a lot of fun coming off those fast corners. We went well there in testing, we had to work pretty hard to make the tyres last the race-distance runs but Bridgestone have done an amazing job this year, so I think we can look forward to having good tyres for the race.´

The first of a final three races for Loris Capirossi under the Ducati banner comes this weekend, and the Italian is on a roll after victory at Motegi. Returning to the scene of his 125cc World Championship win, the Italian is eager to get on track.

´I can´t wait to get to Phillip Island and get to work. My win at Motegi last month was very important for me and for my team. We´ve had some tough weekends this year and that victory made all the work worthwhile,´ said the veteran rider.

´I´m really looking forward to this next race because I love Australia and I love Phillip Island. It´s a fantastic track that really suits my style. Also, of course, it holds some very special memories for me. It seems such a long time ago that I won my first title there, but even now it feels like a special place.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner

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