Ducati team prepares for second home race

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Sunday’s Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini will be the second home event for the Ducati Team.

The Misano circuit is a technical track with narrow, short-radius corners combined with the famous “Curvone,” a fast, long right-hander. This creates a challenging combination for bike geometry and suspension, and the Ducati Team will be hard at work creating the best setup on the Desmosedici.

San Marino is an important round for Valentino Rossi, who lives a short distance from the track. He has two wins at the circuit, in 2008 and 2009, as well as a podium last year. Both riders will be supported by plenty of fans filling the Ducati grandstand in the “Variante Parco,” the first corner after the start-finish straightaway.

Valentino Rossi:
“We’ll be racing in front of our home fans at Misano, and obviously we’d like to do better than we have at recent races. Indianapolis was very difficult, and we would have preferred to arrive here in better shape, but we’re aware that much of our work is aimed toward the future. For the moment, we must take into account the possibility that our results won’t be satisfying, first for us but also for our fans. We’re all working at our maximum, both at the track and in the company, and in the meantime, we’ll try to do as well as the current situation allows.”

Nicky Hayden:
“Indy was a bad race, but some how, some way, you’ve got to try to get over it and move on. Misano has been a tough track for me, because it seems like I can’t ever get through the first corner. It would be nice to catch a bit of a break, because I don’t feel like we’re always getting the results we deserve. We learned a lot about the new bike in Indy, so I hope we’ve got a good starting point there. We’ll see what the weather’s going to do. Hopefully it won’t be too hot, as that makes things more difficult for us. Anyway, we need to do our best and try to improve our bike.”

Vittoriano Guareschi, Team Manager:
“Misano is a round that means a lot to all of us, and it’s the home race for Valentino. We’ll have many fans there, and we’d like to put both Vale and Nicky in position to get good results. Naturally, we’ll try our best, as we do at every race weekend, although we know that the type of work we’re doing on the bike pays off over the long term. It’s definitely a difficult moment for us because the results aren’t what we’d like, but it’s very gratifying to see the great effort and determination from our riders, the team and everyone at Ducati. We remain focused on our goals, and we’re committed to following the path we’ve laid out to achieve them.”

Ducati Team press release

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