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Suppo assures maximum support for all Ducati bikes in 2009

Suppo assures maximum support for all Ducati bikes in 2009

Ducati MotoGP Project Manager Livio Suppo has laid out a plan based on equal information and machinery for 2009.

Preparing to regain the World Championship titles on all fronts in 2009, Ducati will be making a concerted effort to ensure equality between all their teams, MotoGP Project Manager Livio Suppo has revealed. The Italian boss has indicated that one of the chief goals for the manufacturer will be to get all their bikes, whether they be the factory outfit or the three satellite machines- up to race winning standard for the upcoming campaign.

`The bike will be equal to the factory machine. Every crew chief is contracted to Ducati, so let´s say that they will receive the same support and the same ability to exchange information. We´re making a big effort to have the maximum support for everyone,´ said Suppo ahead of the final race of the season in Valencia.

`This season we´ve been criticised by people so much, saying that the bike is only for Casey (Stoner), but maybe they are forgetting that we´ve only been off the podium twice!´ laughed the Ducati boss, referring to the additional podium finishes of Toni Elias at the tail end of the year.

Despite the intention towards equality, Monday´s post-race test will not see all Ducati riders on the latest prototype. However, the objective is to introduce the newest Desmosedici to everyone before the end of the year.

`The plan for the winter testing here at Valencia and Jerez is like this: here we will have two GP9s for Casey and Nicky (Hayden), and all the other guys on the GP8. Then at Jerez, where Casey will not be riding, we will try and give everyone a GP9 if we can.´

In addition to Stoner and Hayden, Ducati´s 2009 lineup will also include Mika Kallio, Niccolo Canepa and Sete Gibernau, all confirmed in the past week as satellite riders.


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