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Ducati Team embarks on final leg of flyaway tour

Fresh off an eventful race at the Malaysian Grand Prix, the Ducati Team makes its way to Australia for the final weekend of a three-round overseas stint. Among the riders, the spectacular Phillip Island circuit is one of the most popular on the MotoGP calendar, thanks in large part to its spectacular layout. Situated next to the Bass Straight, it features a variety of corner types, though it’s best known for its thrilling faster turns.
In the past, the Ducati Team has tallied four wins at the Australian Grand Prix, and both riders have successful records there as well. Valentino Rossi has accumulated five victories and an additional six podiums, while Nicky Hayden has two poles, three podium finishes, and the lap record, set in 2008.
Phillip Island is also famous for offering inclement weather conditions, and forecasts indicate that the tendency could well hold true for this weekend’s event.
VALENTINO ROSSI, Ducati Team
“Phillip Island is always a fantastic track, as it’s special and unique. It’s very fast and is near the ocean, which opens up in front of you after the main straightaway, and there are corners that are different from each other, with varying speeds and steepness. It’s a track that a rider has to love. Racing a MotoGP bike there is a lot of fun, but it was a difficult weekend for us last year, so we’ll have to try very hard to do better. In addition, the forecasts show that there will be inclement weather, with rain and cold, so we’re expecting challenging conditions. We’ll really have to do our best.”
NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati Team
“Phillip Island is always a great GP, one of the best. The track is really fast and flowing, and I’ve had some good results there in the past. I really like so much about it: the atmosphere, the fast corners, and the fact that it runs counter-clockwise. We’ve also got some work to do. I’ve liked the new chassis since I’ve been on it, but now it’s time to find a direction for improving it further. We also want to figure out how to regain the advantage we used to have in the rain, and judging by the forecasts, we might get a chance to work on that in Australia.”
VITTORIANO GUARESCHI, Team Manager
“Phillip Island is a track where we’ve done well in the past. We’re coming off a strange weekend at Sepang, where the race was affected by the weather conditions, and where—although we could have done better—we had a decent race. The forecasts indicate it could also rain in Australia, and it’s always cold when we’re there. If that’s the case, we’ll start with a setup that wasn’t bad in Malaysia, but we know that we’ll have to improve, because the others are now more competitive in those conditions. We’ve identified some ideas that we hope could improve our performance in the wet, and we’ll try them on the track if the track conditions are similar to those that we had at the last race.”
PHILLIP ISLAND CIRCUIT RECORDS
Circuit Record: Nicky Hayden (Honda – 2008), 1:30.059 – 177.803 Km/h 110.482 mph)
Best Pole: Casey Stoner (Ducati – 2008), 1:28.665 – 180.598 Km/h 112.218 mph)
Circuit Length: 4.448 km (2.764 mi)
2012 MotoGP Race: 27 laps (120.096 km/74.624 mi)
2012 MotoGP Schedule: 4:00 p.m. Local Time
2011 PODIUM: 1st Casey Stoner, 2nd Marco Simoncelli, 3rd Andrea Dovizioso
2011 POLE: Casey Stoner (Honda), 1:29.975 – 177.969 Km/h
DUCATI TEAM’S BEST RESULTS AT PHILLIP ISLAND
2011: 7th (Hayden)
2010: 1st (Stoner)
2009: 1st (Stoner)
2008: 1st (Stoner)
2007: 1st (Stoner)
2006: 4th (Gibernau)
2005: 3rd (Checa)
2004: 3rd (Capirossi)
2003: 2nd (Capirossi)
DUCATI TEAM – RIDER INFO
VALENTINO ROSSI
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP12
Race number: 46
Age: 33 (born in Pesaro 16 February 1979)
Residence: Tavullia (Pesaro, Italy)
GPs: 274 (214 x MotoGP, 30 x 250cc, 30 x 125cc)
First GP: Malaysian GP, 1996 (125cc)
Number of wins: 105 (79 x MotoGP, 14 x 250cc, 12 x 125cc)
First GP win: Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
Poles: 59 (49 x MotoGP, 5 x 250cc, 5 x 125cc)
First Pole: Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
World Titles: 9 (6 x MotoGP, 1 x 500cc, 1 x 250cc, 1 x 125cc)
Rossi’s MotoGP track record at Phillip Island
2011: Grid, 13th Race, DNF
2010: Grid, 8th; Race, 3rd
2009: Grid, 2nd; Race, 2nd
2008: Grid, 12th; Race, 2nd
2007: Grid, 2nd; Race, 3rd
2006: Grid, 3rd; Race, 3rd
2005: Grid, 2nd; Race, 1st
2004: Grid, 2nd; Race, 1st
2003: Grid, 1st; Race, 1st
2002: Grid, 7th; Race, 1st
2001: Grid, 2nd; Race, 1st
2000: Grid, 8th; Race, 3rd
Rossi’s 250 track record at Phillip Island
1999: Grid, 7th; Race, 1st
1998: Grid, 2nd; Race, 1st
Rossi’s 125 track record at Phillip Island
1997: Grid, 3rd; Race, 6th
NICKY HAYDEN
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP12
Race number: 69
Age: 31 (born 30 July 1981 in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA)
Residence: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Number of GPs: 165 (165 x MotoGP)
First GP: Japanese GP, 2003 (MotoGP)
Number of wins: 3 (3 x MotoGP)
First GP win: USA GP, 2005 (MotoGP)
Poles: 5 (5 x MotoGP)
First Pole: USA GP, 2005 (MotoGP)
World Titles: 1 (MotoGP, 2006)
Hayden’s MotoGP track record at Phillip Island
2011: Grid, 6th; Race, 7th
2010: Grid, 6th; Race, 4th
2009: Grid, 7th; Race, 15th
2008: Grid, 3rd; Race, 3rd
2007: Grid, 4th; Race, DNF
2006: Grid, 1st; Race, 5th
2005: Grid, 1st; Race, 2nd
2004: Grid, 14th; Race, 6th
2003: Grid, 5th; Race, 3rd

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Ducati Team focuses on Indianapolis GP

After a brief, two-week summer break, the Ducati Team is on its way back to the United States for the second of two American MotoGP rounds. The team’s goal is to continue working on the bike in order to enable a positive final part of the season for Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.
The American is particularly fond of the Indianapolis circuit, not only because it’s close to his home state of Kentucky, but also because it was the site of his first podium with Ducati, in 2009. Valentino Rossi has also been on the podium at this historic track, taking the victory when it first hosted the championship, in 2008.
As is always the case at the American events, Ducati Island will serve as the meeting point for the fans that come to support the Ducati Team, and to share the race weekend and enjoy the many exciting activities organized by the Italian manufacturer’s American subsidiary.
VALENTINO ROSSI, Ducati Team
“This break served as an opportunity to make important decisions for the future, but now I want to return to thinking about the races because we want to improve and during the weekend it’s important to focus completely on what we have to do on the track. Indianapolis isn’t one of my favourite circuits, although I do have a win there.  It’s a particular track because it’s one of those that goes in the opposite direction, so the lines are a bit strange in many of the corners. It’s a tricky track, but we’ll try to do our best and have fun.”
NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati Team
“Laguna was fun, but Indy is really my home GP, just across the state line from Kentucky. Hopefully we can do a good result. We struggled more at Laguna than I expected, but Indy is much faster, with more opportunities to open the throttle. It should be nice to ride that track on the 1000s, and it will be fun for the American fans to really get to see them in action. Last season, tyre wear was critical there, but hopefully the pavement will come in a bit better this year. I hope to be competitive starting on Friday, and I’ll definitely be disappointed if we don’t get the best result of the season so far.”
VITTORIANO GUARESCHI, Team Manager
“The past month has been very intense for everyone, but now things are clearer. We can therefore concentrate on our work on the track as we continue to improve our bike so that Vale and Nicky can finish the season on an upward trend. Indianapolis is a challenging track laid out inside the famous oval for the 500, and it therefore features different types of asphalt, making for conditions that stress the tyres. It will be important to find a setup that makes it possible to take advantage of the hard tyres.”
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY CIRCUIT RECORDS
Circuit Record: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2009), 1:40.152 – 151.545 Km/h (94.166 mph)
Best Pole: Casey Stoner (Honda – 2011), 1:38.850 – 153.541 Km/h (95.406 mph)
Circuit Length: 4.216 km (2.620 mi)
2012 MotoGP Race: 28 laps (118.048 km/73.352 mi)
2012 MotoGP Schedule: 2:00 p.m. Local Time
2011 PODIUM: 1st Casey Stoner, 2nd Dani Pedrosa, 3rd Ben Spies
2011 POLE: Casey Stoner (Honda), 1:38.850 – 153.541 Km/h (95.406 mph)
DUCATI TEAM’S BEST RESULTS AT INDIANAPOLIS
2011: 10th (Rossi)
2010: 6th (Hayden)
2009: 3rd (Hayden)
2008: 4th (Stoner)
DUCATI TEAM – RIDER INFO
VALENTINO ROSSI
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP12
Race number: 46
Age: 33 (born in Pesaro 16 February 1979)
Residence: Tavullia (Pesaro, Italy)
GPs: 268 (208 x MotoGP, 30 x 250cc, 30 x 125cc)
First GP: Malaysian GP, 1996 (125cc)
Number of wins: 105 (79 x MotoGP, 14 x 250cc, 12 x 125cc)
First GP win: Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
Poles: 59 (49 x MotoGP, 5 x 250cc, 5 x 125cc)
First Pole: Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
World Titles: 9 (6 x MotoGP, 1 x 500cc, 1 x 250cc, 1 x 125cc)
Rossi’s MotoGP track record at Indianapolis
2011: 14th; Race, 10th
2010: Grid, 7th; Race, 4th 
2009: Grid, 3rd; Race, DNF
2008: Grid, 1st; Race, 1st
NICKY HAYDEN
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP12
Race number: 69
Age: 31 (born 30 July 1981 in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA)
Residence: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Number of GPs: 161 (161 x MotoGP)
First GP: Japanese GP, 2003 (MotoGP)
Number of wins: 3 (3 x MotoGP)
First GP win: USA GP, 2005 (MotoGP)
Poles: 5 (5 x MotoGP)
First Pole: USA GP, 2005 (MotoGP)
World Titles: 1 (MotoGP, 2006)
Hayden’s MotoGP track record at Indianapolis
2011: 8th; Race, 14th
2010: Grid, 3rd; Race, 6th
2009: Grid, 6th; Race, 3rd
2008: Grid, 4th; Race, 2nd

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Ducati Team travels to Laguna Seca

The first of two American stops in the 2012 MotoGP Championship will take place on Sunday at California’s spectacular Laguna Seca circuit, a beautiful and challenging track that winds through the hills east of Monterey.
The United States Grand Prix is very special for Nicky Hayden, as it was the site of his first GP victory, in 2005, and of another win the following season while he was on his way to the world title. Valentino Rossi is also fond of the track’s unique atmosphere and old-style layout, which played host to a win for the Italian in 2008, as well as to three additional podium finishes.
The “stars and stripes” round is also important for the company from Borgo Panigale, for whom the United States represents the most important target market, and one that is continuously growing, as Americans have long associated Ducati with quality, technology and exclusivity. As is the case every year, the Ducati Island will serve as a meeting point for the many Ducatisti who will come to support the Ducati Team and its riders over the weekend.
VALENTINO ROSSI, Ducati Team
“Laguna is a difficult track, with many bumps and a lot of elevation change, but at the same time it’s beautiful and fun, in part because it’s rather old-style. I really like the fans and the general feel. Although my last test at Mugello was ended early, we were able to begin working with some details, and we’ll probably be able to use some of them at Laguna, even if we’re talking about a small percentage of the package that they’re working on at Ducati. Last year we went okay at Laguna, so we’ll see what happens this weekend.”
NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati Team
“Of course I like Laguna, so I’m excited to go there and see my home crowd and all my friends in the AMA paddock. We’ve been getting a little closer to the front lately, but now is no time to rest. We have to keep working, because now the gains will be more difficult. Laguna is certainly not easy, and I doubt the lap times will be much different with the 1000s than they were with the 800s. I’m not even sure we’ll use sixth gear, and as was the case at the Sachsenring, we’ll probably spend a lot of time working with the wheelie control and just trying to use that power when it’s available. The new tyres should work better at Laguna, especially in the colder mornings and on the right side. My goal is clear: go there, have fun, and try to get the best result of the season.”
VITTORIANO GUARESCHI, Team Manager
“The next two GPs in the United States are obviously very important for Nicky, and he would like to take advantage of the progress shown in recent weeks in order to do well for his fans. Vale came very close to making the podium at Mugello, but we must manage to give him the opportunity to be more effective in qualifying as well. At Laguna we’ll continue working with the settings that we’ve been perfecting for a few races according to our riders’ respective needs, and we’ll seal the fourth engines for both. Like the third one, already in use, it was made in a way that makes it possible to install new parts that are intended to improve rideability. For this race, we’ll have some of the updates that we tried at the Mugello test, and those will be followed in the next races by subsequent evolutions.”
LAGUNA SECA CIRCUIT RECORDS
Circuit Record: Casey Stoner (Ducati – 2010), 1:21.376 – 159.703 Km/h (99.235 mph)
Best Pole: Casey Stoner (Ducati – 2008), 1:20.700 – 161.040 Km/h (100.066 mph)
Circuit Length: 3.610 km
2012 MotoGP Race: 32 laps (115.520 km, 71.781 mi)
2012 MotoGP Schedule: 2:00 p.m. local time
2011 PODIUM: 1st Casey Stoner, 2nd Jorge Lorenzo, 3rd Dani Pedrosa
2011 POLE: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1:21.202 – 160.045 Km/h (99.447 mph)
DUCATI TEAM’S BEST RESULTS AT LAGUNA SECA
2011: 6th (Rossi)
2010: 2nd (Stoner)
2009: 4th (Stoner)
2008: 2nd (Stoner)
2007: 1st (Stoner)
2006: 8th (Capirossi)
2005: 10th (Capirossi)
DUCATI TEAM – RIDER INFO
VALENTINO ROSSI
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP12
Race number: 46
Age: 33 (born in Pesaro 16 February 1979)
Residence: Tavullia (Pesaro, Italy)
GPs: 267 (207 x MotoGP, 30 x 250cc, 30 x 125cc)
First GP: Malaysian GP, 1996 (125cc)
Number of Wins: 105 (79 x MotoGP, 14 x 250cc, 12 x 125cc)
First GP win: Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
Poles: 59 (49 x MotoGP, 5 x 250cc, 5 x 125cc)
First Pole: Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
World Titles: 9 (6 x MotoGP, 1 x 500cc, 1 x 250cc, 1 x 125cc)
Rossi’s MotoGP track record at Laguna Seca
2011: Grid, 7th; Race, 6th
2010: Grid, 6th; Race, 3rd
2009: Grid, 2nd; Race, 2nd
2008: Grid, 2nd; Race, 1st
2007: Grid, 5th; Race, 4th
2006: Grid, 10th; Race, DNF
2005: Grid, 2nd; Race, 3rd
NICKY HAYDEN
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP12
Race number: 69
Age: 30 (born 30 July 1981 in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA)
Residence: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Number of GPs: 160 (160 x MotoGP)
First GP: Japanese GP, 2003 (MotoGP)
Number of wins: 3 (3 x MotoGP)
First GP win: USA GP, 2005 (MotoGP)
Poles: 5 (5 x MotoGP)
First Pole: USA GP, 2005 (MotoGP)
World Titles: 1 (MotoGP, 2006)
Hayden’s MotoGP track record at Laguna Seca
2011: Grid, 9th; Race, 7th
2010: Grid, 7th; Race, 5th
2009: Grid, 8th; Race, 5th
2008: Grid, 3rd; Race, 5th
2007: Grid, 4th; Race, DNF
2006: Grid, 6th; Race, 1st
2005: Grid, 1st; Race, 1st

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Ducati Team prepares for home race at Mugello

The Ducati Team has travelled from Germany back home to Mugello, where the Italian Grand Prix—the ninth of eighteen rounds on the calendar—will take place on Sunday.

The circuit that twists through the Tuscan hills north of Florence is one of Valentino Rossi’s favourites, and the Italian has no fewer than nine wins there across all classes. Nicky Hayden, who made the Mugello podium in 2006, is also fond of the circuit. At the Sachsenring, both riders made some promising adjustments to the setups of their GP12s, and now they hope to also confirm the effectiveness at of those changes at the fast Italian circuit.

As always, thousands of ducatisti will converge upon the two beautiful Correntaio grandstands to cheer for the Ducati Team.

VALENTINO ROSSI, Ducati Team
“Last Sunday at the Sachsenring, we used a setup that enabled us to be more consistent and to stress the rear tyre a bit less so that we still had a decent pace at the end of the race. It was our best result of the year so far in the dry, so now we’ll start from that base in an effort to improve at Mugello. It’s the Italian Grand Prix, so everyone, including myself, must make an extra effort to do well in our home race. It’s one of the nicest tracks in the world, in terms of the layout of the circuit, the atmosphere and all the fans that come to watch us and support us. We really have to try to do our best.”

NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati Team
“Although I still have a bitter taste in my mouth about last week’s race, I’m very much looking forward to Mugello. It’s one of the best tracks and races of the whole year, especially being there on a Ducati. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of support, and it’s a pretty busy weekend, but it’s a race and an event that I enjoy. It’s certainly not an easy track, as it’s very technical and you’ve really got to be on your marks there. It will be one of the tracks where we really get to open up the 1000s, and I’m expecting some pretty high top speeds. It hasn’t been an easy track for me with Ducati, but I like it a lot. We need to try to put the whole weekend together and do a good result on Sunday, when it really counts.”

VITTORIANO GUARESCHI, Team Manager
“Racing at home, at the end of a stretch of three races in a row, is truly a big responsibility for both the team and the riders, but at the same time, it gives us extra motivation. There’s a big difference between a short, narrow track like the Sachsenring, and one that’s old-style, with long straightaways and big, fast corners like Mugello, but we must manage to find the positive aspects of the setup that we identified in Germany. In this way, we can make it possible for Vale and Nicky to do their best, and also to enjoy themselves in a race that means a lot to both of them.”

MUGELLO CIRCUIT RECORDS

Circuit Record: Dani Pedrosa (Honda – 2010), 1:49.531 – 172.389 Km/h (107.118 mph)
Best Pole: Casey Stoner (Honda – 2011), 1:48.034 – 174.778 Km/h (108.602 mph)
Circuit Length: 5.245 km (3.259 mi)
2012 MotoGP Race: 23 laps (120.635 km/74.959 mi)
2012 MotoGP Schedule: 2:00 p.m. Local Time

2011 PODIUM: 1st Jorge Lorenzo, 2nd Andrea Dovizioso, 3rd Casey Stoner
2011 POLE: Casey Stoner (Honda) 1:48.034 – 174.778 km/h (108.602 mph)

DUCATI TEAM’S BEST RESULTS AT MUGELLO
2011: 6th (Rossi)
2010: 4th (Stoner)
2009: 1st (Stoner)
2008: 2nd (Stoner)
2007: 4th (Stoner)
2006: 2nd (Capirossi)
2005: 3rd  (Capirossi)
2004: 4th  (Bayliss)
2003: 2nd (Capirossi)

DUCATI TEAM – RIDER INFO

VALENTINO ROSSI
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP12
Race number: 46
Age: 33 (born in Pesaro 16 February 1979)
Residence: Tavullia (Pesaro, Italy)
GPs: 266 (206 x MotoGP, 30 x 250cc, 30 x 125cc)
First GP: Malaysian GP, 1996 (125cc)
Number of Wins: 105 (79 x MotoGP, 14 x 250cc, 12 x 125cc)
First GP win: Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
Poles: 59 (49 x MotoGP, 5 x 250cc, 5 x 125cc)
First Pole: Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
World Titles: 9 (6 x MotoGP, 1 x 500cc, 1 x 250cc, 1 x 125cc)

Rossi’s MotoGP track record at Mugello
2011: Grid, 12th, Race, 6th
2010: Grid, DNS; Race, DNS
2009: Grid, 4th; Race, 3rd
2008: Grid, 1st; Race, 1st
2007: Grid, 3rd; Race, 1st
2006: Grid, 3rd; Race, 1st
2005: Grid, 1st; Race, 1st
2004: Grid, 3rd; Race, 1st
2003: Grid, 1st; Race, 1st
2002: Grid, 1st; Race, 1st
2001: Grid, 1st; Race, DNF
2000: Grid, 3rd; Race, 12th

Rossi’s 250 track record at Mugello
1999: Grid, 6th; Race, 1st
1998: Grid, 4th; Race, 2nd

Rossi’s 125 track record at Mugello
1997: Grid, 3rd; Race, 1st
1996: Grid, 8th; Race, 4th

NICKY HAYDEN
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP12
Race number: 69
Age: 30 (born 30 July 1981 in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA)
Residence: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Number of GPs: 159 (159 x MotoGP)
First GP: Japanese GP, 2003 (MotoGP)
Number of wins: 3 (3 x MotoGP)
First GP win: USA GP, 2005 (MotoGP)
Poles: 5 (5 x MotoGP)
First Pole: USA GP, 2005 (MotoGP)
World Titles: 1 (MotoGP, 2006)

Hayden’s MotoGP track record at Mugello
2011: Grid, 9th; Race, 10th
2010: Grid, 4th; Race, DNF
2009: Grid, 16th; Race, 12th
2008: Grid, 6th; Race, 13th
2007: Grid, 13th; Race, 10th
2006: Grid, 4th; Race, 3rd
2005: Grid, 4th; Race, 6th
2004: Grid, 2nd; Race, DNS
2003: Grid, 17th; Race, 12th

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