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Stoner going for third in a row

Stoner going for third in a row

The Australian has won the last two races in succession and will hope to continue his form on a track on which he won last season. Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden is aiming for a return to the podium.

After back-to-back wins in the last two races the Ducati Team is hopeful of being amongst the frontrunners again in this weekend's Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. The Sepang Circuit hosts the majority of MotoGP winter testing and both Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden were on the pace in pre-season, clocking the second and third fastest times respectively on the final day.

Test conditions are always different to a race weekend but both riders have good records here, with Stoner victorious in 2007 and 2009, and Hayden boasting six top-five finishes.

However, nobody at Ducati Team is taking anything for granted this weekend and the riders and staff are ready to give maximum effort in demanding conditions, with high ambient and track temperatures and the challenge of setting up the Ducati GP10 at a completely different kind of circuit to Motegi.

Casey Stoner:

“Motegi was our biggest question mark about set up and we had to really work hard to make the bike stable for the really heavy braking. Sepang isn’t too much about that, so we can maybe raise the bike back up again and get our traction a little better and see what happens. But we can hopefully expect to have the bike working well there. We’ve all been giving 120% all season but it’s just these last two races we’re getting something back from it. It’s a huge, huge difference for us. Going into these next two races is a big clump in a small space for us, of course, but if things keep going like they are we definitely have a good chance of doing well again on Sunday.”

Nicky Hayden:

“After we got a good result in Aragón it was frustrating not being able to back it up in Motegi, it’s not good. I think it shows the level of MotoGP - if you are off a little bit you are at the back. Anyway, now we go to Malaysia and a track where we tested a lot this winter, even though it is always very different when we come back for the race. At the tests we can ride all day long whereas at the Grand Prix we have just a few hours but it’s a track I like and I enjoy and we'll just see how the bike works. The team is working extremely hard, Casey has won the last two races so the bike is working really well now and we will go there and try to get a good result.”

Ducati Team press release

Tags:
MotoGP, 2010, SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner, Ducati Team

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