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Guareschi: “We have high aims for 2011”

Guareschi: “We have high aims for 2011”

The Ducati Team Manager discusses the 2010 campaign with Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden and also previews 2011 in a video feature interview.

Vittoriano Guareschi reviewed his first season as Team Manager of the Ducati factory team in a special post-season interview, which can be viewed in the attached video, discussing the 2010 campaigns of Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden.

“This year has gone well and not so well for us. We suffered at the start, wasting some good opportunities, but in the end we recovered. We started the season with a GP10 that had an engine that was unprecedented, a big bang version in contrast to the screamer that was used the year before. We had to work on the set-up for Casey and make the bike as familiar for him as possible,” said Guareschi, who continued to review the Australian’s season.

“At the start of the year, and until mid-season, we weren’t able to extract the full potential of the engine. Starting at Aragón we found a set-up that satisfied him fully and then we became main players. If it had been like this from the very start of the year then we would have been amongst those fighting for the title until the end.”

Switching focus to the other side of the Ducati garage, Guareschi said of Hayden: “He has improved his performance with respect to the year before, he liked the 2010 bike immediately and I think we also did a good job with him. Nicky also had ups and downs, perhaps he crashed too much and dropped some points, but we are building a good feeling between him and the team and we expect and hope for a lot in 2011.”

Next season sees the hotly-anticipated all-Italian link-up with Valentino Rossi joining Ducati. “We have high aims for 2011. We know that Valentino has always won on all the bikes he has ridden and we have to try. It will be very difficult because our rivals are strong. There’s Lorenzo, who is World Champion, Dani Pedrosa, and of course Casey who will want to win. We know how strong he is because of what we all did together,” said Guareschi.

“We must make the most of a team that never seemed possible, but which has now developed from once being a dream into becoming a reality. We must follow this and win, although this will also be the objective of our rivals.”

“There won’t be pressure, because the fans know how difficult it is to win. They also know how much Valentino has won and how much we have achieved too. If everybody works well the results will come. Until now Valentino has always improved his bikes, both at Honda and Yamaha. Nicky knows how strong his new team-mate is and is conscious that together they can help to develop the bike. He wants to make it better and knows that with Valentino beside him it can be achieved.”

MotoGP, 2010, Ducati Team

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