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MotoGP famous five talk at Phillip Island

MotoGP famous five talk at Phillip Island

With MotoGP's three resident Australians in attendance, the press conference at Phillip Island had plenty of local interest.

With MotoGP's three resident Australians in attendance, the press conference at Phillip Island had plenty of local interest.

The five riders giving their views to the press were newly crowned MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner, his compatriots Chris Vermeulen and Anthony West, Motegi race winner Loris Capirossi and last year's victor at Phillip Island, Marco Melandri.

Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro
"The last few weeks have been enjoyable; there's been no pressure, no stress, and I can just start to enjoy the reception back home. People are really starting to take notice here in Australia."

"Each race is as important as the last one, so I'm not taking it easy, just relaxing a bit more without having to think of the rest of the year. I think my first year here I made the mistake of believing every weather forecast. We just have to wait and see what's coming half an hour beforehand."

Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki
"I was very happy last year. I think I was the first Australian on the podium at Phillip Island since Mick Doohan, which was great. I've had good races this year too, with Le Mans obviously being the highlight. I think that Phillip Island is everyone's favourite circuit. It encourages really close racing at over 300km/h and it's a great track."

Marco Melandri Honda Gresini
"It was an awesome race for me last year; that last corner on the final lap is one of the best memories of my life. This year I have been working hard with my team, but Honda are more focused on the factory team. I hope that it will be ‘bad' weather here this year because I seem to go better in the rain."

Loris Capirossiz Ducati Marlboro
"I have always had good memories of Phillip Island. Winning the 125cc World Championship here in 1990 was amazing, and I've had a great test here so I really like how the bike goes at this track. It's lovely to ride here; the crowd and the track are both amazing."

Anthony West Kawasaki Racing
"The corners here at Phillip Island will definitely come a lot sooner than on the 250cc machine. It's tough being away from home so much when things aren't going well, but us three Australians just stick at things and motivate ourselves. For me now it's good to have a ride for 2008 and not be wondering if I'll be working at McDonalds next year or not!"

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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