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Ducati aiming to build on Aragón success in Japan

Ducati aiming to build on Aragón success in Japan

Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden are both eager to underline the impressive progress made in the previous round with another strong showing at Motegi this weekend.

The Ducati Team arrive in Japan this week high in confidence after a first win of the season for Casey Stoner and a maiden 2010 podium for Nicky Hayden at Aragón, and the focus is now on maintaining the excellent progress made in the previous round.

After modifications to their respective Desmosedici GP10 machines yielded superb results in Spain the pair are hopeful that their prototypes are well suited to the characteristics of the Motegi circuit, and if this is the case Stoner believes another solid result is achievable.

“Motegi is a circuit with a lot of stop and go sections, not much of it flows together and it's not one of my favourite layouts. On the positive side the surface is smooth, with not too many bumps, which have really made us suffer at a lot of tracks this year,” said the 24 year-old Australian. “You need a bike that is stable under braking and efficient under acceleration so I am hopeful that the setting we found at Aragón can be useful here again.”

“In Spain we finally managed to improve the stability and found a bit more grip and if we can do that again this weekend we will have the chance to fight for a good result once more.”

Hayden is equally optimistic and is hopeful that the improvements continue beyond Japan and into the quick to follow rounds in Malaysia and Australia.

“As always this Grand Prix has a little extra flavour because it's the home round for the big Japanese factories,” said the American rider. “I actually scored my first ever MotoGP podium at Motegi but I've not had much out of it since then other than a couple of front row starts and a few results I'd rather not remember.”

Hayden continued: “It is the first of three races in a row in three different countries with very different climates. It is not an easy grind but I always enjoy it. We have to try and build on the good form we showed at Aragón and stay at the same level if we can. It won't be easy but that has to be our objective.”

MotoGP, 2010, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner, Ducati Team

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