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Constructors second place the target for Ducati

Constructors second place the target for Ducati

Ducati and Honda will fight for second place in the Constructors championship on Sunday.

Casey Stoner ensured the runner-up spot in the MotoGP World Championship with sixth at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, and this weekend the Australian is aiming to do the same for Ducati in the Constructors standings.

The Italian factory currently hold an advantage of just a solitary point over nearest rivals Honda, whose factory outfit includes imminent Ducati rider Nicky Hayden. With Yamaha already crowned Constructors champions, the likes of Stoner and rival Dani Pedrosa will see their positions have added importance in the season finale at Valencia.

`Hopefully we can finish the season at Valencia with a good result that allows us to hang on to second place in the Constructors´ Championship,´ says Ducati MotoGP Project Manager Livio Suppo.

`It´s a big ask because Dani is very strong at this track and he arrives on the back of a very good race, whilst Nicky has always been fast at Valencia and the characteristics of the track should suit the satellite Hondas. We hope Casey´s wrist problem isn´t as prohibitive here so that he can have a good race for himself and for us.´

Said wrist has been troubling Stoner throughout the season, with an operation scheduled for shortly after the Valencia race. Although not looking to far ahead of the weekend´s action, Stoner´s main focus will be remaining in good shape to test the Desmosedici GP9 after the race.

`This year we´ll ride the GP9 on the day after the race and I really can´t wait for that. I hope the wrist doesn´t give me the same problems I had at Sepang so that I can be in shape for a good race on Sunday and two solid days of testing on Monday and Tuesday,´ says the 2007 MotoGP World Champion.

`We didn´t win the championship but we fought hard for it, making up and then losing a lot of ground, staying together through all of it and always giving our best. We´ll try to keep that going at Valencia, a track I have always liked because even though it is tight and twisty it does flow well, with some long corners where you can keep the speed of the bike up. Valencia is also the place where I took my first victory and where I rode the Ducati for the very first time back in 2006.´

Stoner finished runner-up to Pedrosa in Valencia last year, whilst Ducati´s most recent victory at the circuit came in 2006 courtesy of substitute rider Troy Bayliss.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO PARTS EUROPE DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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