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Views from Sepang in MotoGP press conference

Views from Sepang in MotoGP press conference

Four MotoGP riders and a Team Manager bringing a glimpse of 2008 to the MotoGP paddock were the featured faces in today's pre-event press conference, talking about Malaysia and beyond at the Sepang circuit.

Four MotoGP riders and a Team Manager bringing a glimpse of 2008 to the MotoGP paddock were the featured faces in today's pre-event press conference, talking about Malaysia and beyond at the Sepang circuit.

Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro)
"There's not been much time between these two races, but they are a little more relaxed than before winning the title, and I really enjoyed Phillip Island. I had back-to-back victories here in 125cc and 250cc, and my performances in Sepang have generally been good. I like the track, and you are sliding around a lot more."

"Regarding the number 1 plate for next year: I am not 100% certain about if I will use it or continue with number 27, but at the moment I am leaning towards using the number 1."

Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha)
"It's been a long and difficult year. Now we have two races to go; I have a 29 point advantage over Dani Pedrosa for second place, and I can confirm that this weekend. I love the track here, and I have some good memories after winning two MotoGP World Championships here. Now we have two important races to try some new things, and after that we can think about next year."

Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki Racing)
"I'm disappointed that the season finishes in two races, because I am starting to ride well. It could be a good weekend, and I like riding here in Sepang. I want to do my job with Kawasaki the best I can over these two races, and I think that podiums are possible."

Carlos Checa (Honda LCR)
"Now I am moving on to a new stage in my career; a new team and now a new championship. I was thinking about this decision after the 8-Hour race at Suzuka. I think this year's bike that I am riding is perhaps the most difficult that I have been on, with all due respect to Honda. They worked hard, but we haven't been able to get results with the new regulations."

Paul Denning (Rizla Suzuki)
"We've not won the World Championship this season, so things can always be better, but we can be happy with this year. The bike has adapted to every track apart from Phillip Island and we are pleased with that. The 2008 machine that we will be using this weekend with Nobuatsu Aoki is a base for the future bike. It is a good sign that Suzuki already have it ready and we have the benefit of him and Kousuke Akiyoshi being very fast test riders."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

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