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Second row starts for Ducati duo

Second row starts for Ducati duo

Nicky Hayden took fifth and Casey Stoner sixth on the starting grid for Sunday’s AirAsia British Grand Prix.

Ducati Marlboro riders Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner will both start the AirAsia British Grand Prix from the second row of the grid tomorrow after setting the fifth and sixth fastest times respectively in this afternoon’s qualifying practice. The pair worked hard on the set-up of their Desmosedici GP10 machines throughout the hour-long session but were unable to make all the progress they had hoped for.

The American and the Australian are both reasonably confident, however, that there is still time overnight and during tomorrow morning’s warm-up to make a few changes to their machines ahead of the race.

Nicky Hayden, 5th

“We made a step forward today. Yesterday I knew that we weren’t as far off as we seemed and even though we didn’t quite have the right feeling for the conditions a few small changes have helped make us faster. Having said that, my race pace isn’t great – there are a couple of sections where I’m losing quite a lot of time and if we want to have a good race we need to find another few tenths. It will be an interesting race tomorrow because it is one thing to ride on your own at a new circuit and another thing altogether to mix it up in a group. We’ll find out exactly where we are when the lights go out tomorrow.”

Casey Stoner, 6th

“My race pace is fairly decent but the truth is we haven’t improved as much as we would like. The biggest problem we’re having at the moment is keeping the heat in the tyres and that brings on a bunch of other issues. The temperature drops off with every lap that goes by and as a result so does the grip. We also tried to make the bike more stable over the bumps but we lost a bit of handling and rear grip. We’re doing our best to solve the problems and luckily still have the warm-up to try a few more things. Either way I think the race can be much better for us than qualifying.”

Press release courtesy of Ducati Marlboro

MotoGP, 2010, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team

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