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Ducati duo want better results at unfavoured track

Ducati duo want better results at unfavoured track

Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden are not big fans of Donington Park, but are aiming for top results at the British circuit.

Casey Stoner is almost a pantomime villain figure at Donington Park, and has never been shy about stating his dislike for the circuit. Despite this he is the winner of the past two MotoGP races at the British track, and is probably secretly happy to be arriving at a track where he is a proven victor.

“We did the best job we could at Sachsenring and now I’m a bit more confident about going to Donington. The best thing for us would be to have similar weather and temperature as in Germany because I think the conditions there played into my hands, as did the circuit, which has some long corners where I was able to relax a little on the bike,” says the Australian, who has been suffering from a mystery medical condition over the past month that has kept him away from the fight for MotoGP wins.

“I’ll be happy if we can have another weekend in similar temperatures at Donington. The track has never been one of my favourites but I have had good results there. The bike has been going really well for the last few races even though we could do with a little more traction.”

If Stoner is struggling on, Ducati Marlboro teammate Nicky Hayden is making steady progress with the Desmosedici GP9. Practice in Germany showed signs that he is getting to grips with the bike –a situation that he hopes to continue in Great Britain.

“I’ve never had amazing results at Donington but I can’t wait to get back out on track because I’m not happy with the way the last race went after the really positive practice we had,” comments the American. “My bike is really stable under braking and that should be a real bonus at this circuit. Things have been going well lately, I’m having fun and last weekend was the first time in a long while that I’ve been up front in practice. Seeing P1 unchanged on my pit board for such a long time was a nice feeling.”

MotoGP, 2009, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team

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