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Overseas trip continues for Ducati Team


It is with mixed feelings that the MotoGP tour heads from Japan to Malaysia for the second of three overseas races in three weeks. On the one hand, Sepang International Circuit, which the teams also visit for off-season testing, is a sort of home away from home for the championship, a popular, diverse track in a warm and tropical locale. On the other hand, it’s impossible to forget that it was the site of Marco Simoncelli’s tragic accident one year ago. Those in the MotoGP paddock will gather on Thursday afternoon to pay homage to the Italian, who remains very close to the hearts of everyone in the racing world.

 

Only one-sixth of the season now remains, and the Ducati Team hopes to improve the performance of the Desmosedici during these final three races. Compared to recent rounds, Malaysia, where the team has tallied three victories over the years, will offer riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden the additional challenge of high air and track temperatures, which will test the endurance of riders and tyres alike.

 

VALENTINO ROSSI, Ducati Team

“We’ll see what awaits us at Sepang, because we didn’t do very well there during the winter tests. Still, many months have passed since then, and now with the new frame and swingarm, the bike is better. The race and the whole weekend will certainly be very difficult because of the high temperatures, which present a challenge for both the bike and the riders. That said, it’s obviously not our first time, and we know what to expect. We’ll try to do our best.”

 

NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati Team

“Motegi is behind us, and hopefully Malaysia we can do a better result and have a better weekend. We need to be able to start better on Friday. We do have a few new parts to try this weekend that may help, and hopefully my wrist will be stronger now that it’s been three weeks since I hurt it. The track has less downhill braking, so it might not cause me as much pain as it did last weekend. The season is really getting close to the end, and we need to try our best to do a couple of good results before it’s over.”

 

VITTORIANO GUARESCHI, Team Manager

“We come to Malaysia expecting a challenging weekend due to the high temperatures, because as always, heat tests the riders’ conditioning while also affecting the bike’s setup. Technically speaking, it’s a track where, apart from a slow hairpin, there are no stop-and-go sections like those at Motegi, where we suffered on acceleration and on the exits from the tight corners. There are two long straightaways where we can take advantage of our engine’s horsepower. It will be important to preserve the tyres by finding a setup that enables us to have a steady performance for the entire race. It’s something that we’ve been able to do in recent races but that will be more difficult here at Sepang because of the high temperatures.”

 

 

SEPANG CIRCUIT RECORDS

 

Circuit Record: Casey Stoner (Ducati – 2007), 2:02.108 – 163.566 Km/h (101.635 mph)

Best Pole: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha – 2009), 2:00.518 – 165.724 Km/h (102.976 mph)

Circuit Length: 5.548 km (3.447 miles)

2012 MotoGP Race: 20 laps (110.960 km/68.947 mi)

2012 MotoGP Schedule: 4:00 p.m. Local Time

 

2011 PODIUM: N/A

2011 POLE: Dani Pedrosa (Honda), 2:01.462

 

DUCATI TEAM’S BEST RESULTS AT SEPANG

2011: N/A

2010: 6th (Hayden)

2009: 1st (Stoner)

2008: 6th (Stoner)

2007: 1st (Stoner)

2006: 2nd (Capirossi)

2005: 1st (Capirossi)

2004: 6th (Capirossi)

2003: 6th (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: 273 (213 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 Sepang

2011: Grid, 9th; Race, N/A

2010: Grid, 6th; Race, 1st

2009: Grid, 1st; Race, 3rd

2008: Grid, 2nd; Race, 1st

2007: Grid, 9th; Race, 5th

2006: Grid, 1st; Race, 1st

2005: Grid, 7th; Race, 2nd

2004: Grid, 1st; Race, 1st

2003: Grid, 1st; Race, 1st

2002: Grid, 8th; Race, 2nd

2001: Grid, 2nd; Race, 1st

2000: Grid, 7th; Race, DNF

 

Rossi’s 250 track record at Sepang

1999: Grid, 1st; Race, 5th

 

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: 164 (164 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 Sepang

2011: Grid, 6th; Race, N/A

2010: Grid, 2nd; Race, 6th

2009: Grid, 7th; Race, 5th

2008: Grid, 4th; Race, 4th

2007: Grid, 6th; Race, 9th

2006: Grid, 2th; Race, 4th

2005: Grid, 6th; Race, 4th

2004: Grid, 6th; Race, 4th

2003: Grid, 9th; Race, 4th

 

 

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Rossi Seventh, Hayden eighth in Japanese GP


Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden finished the Japanese Grand Prix in seventh and eighth places, respectively. The Italian rode at a consistent pace from start to finish, without suffering an excessive drop in performance near the end, but the gap to the leaders’ lap times was enough to prevent him from fighting for a better position.

 

Over the course of the weekend, Hayden never managed to find a satisfactory setup, and as a result he struggled to maintain a good rhythm in today’s race.

 

The Ducati Team now moves on to Malaysia, where next weekend will find them taking part in the second of three consecutive overseas races.

 

Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 7th

“I think we did the best that we could over the whole weekend. We worked well on the bike, and I had a good setting for the race today. Unfortunately, this is our potential at the moment, and our pace still isn’t at the same level as the others, especially in the early laps. Today I rode at the maximum for the whole race, I tried to catch Bradl, and I got closer near the end. I think we’ve found consistency since we’ve had the new frame and swingarm, but there’s still work to do. We still lose a lot on acceleration, where we’re not able to put all the horsepower to the ground because the tyre spins too much, especially exiting the slower corners. Anyway, we’ll try our best until the end and see how it goes.”

 

Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 8th

“It wasn’t a great race for me. We were a little bit behind all weekend, but then this morning we thought we had made up some ground. In the race, though, I was having troubles getting the bike stopped, especially in the early laps. I lacked front feeling and was running wide, and although that improved as the race went on, I also had problems with vibration from the rear and didn’t have a very good pace. Normally our bike is really good in straight-line braking, so it’s a shame Vale and I struggled here, but anyway, it’s good to finish a race and have something to build on. Thanks to the team for their work and to my physiotherapist, Freddie Dente, for helping me to manage the race with a fracture in my wrist. We’ll try to regroup and look forward to Sepang.”

 

Vittoriano Guareschi, Team Manager

“We certainly can’t be satisfied with the seventh and eighth places that we had today, but I still think that the team worked well over the course of the weekend, enabling Valentino to have a steady race. Now we must focus our efforts on improving the bike’s behaviour under acceleration, which is the area where we still have a big margin for improvement. Nicky had difficulties all weekend and never did find a setup that was well-suited for this track, which requires very good feeling on braking.”

 

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Ducati Team hopes to continue good record at Motegi


As the Ducati Team focuses on its job of improving the Desmosedici, the fifteenth round on the MotoGP calendar, set to kick off on Friday at Motegi, will provide the team’s technicians with an opportunity to check the setting updates on a track where the Italian bike has traditionally worked well.
The Japanese circuit, where the Ducati Team has collected four wins and one additional podium finish, last year saw Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden working well on their bikes’ setups, enabling them to lap at a good pace all weekend, although their respective races were affected by a crash and an off-track excursion.
VALENTINO ROSSI, Ducati Team

“I like Motegi a lot. It’s a nice track with good grip, and I have a positive memory of last year. We steadily improved the bike’s setup over the course of the weekend, and I think I could have had a good race if I hadn’t crashed on the first lap. At the moment, we’re still missing a couple of tenths with our pace to think of the podium, but at the last two races, we were still able to ride at a good, constant rhythm until the end, which is positive. At Motegi we’ll try to continue working in this direction and to take advantage of the Ducati’s potential, which is usually very high at this track.”
NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati Team

“Japan has a lot of passionate fans, and it’s a place where motorcycle racing has a rich tradition, which is nice even though I wouldn’t say Motegi has been one of my favourite or best tracks. It’s the first race of three in a row, and it’s really important. I thought I had escaped unscathed from the crash at Aragon, but unfortunately it looks like I picked up another injury. When I got home, my right hand was bothering me a bit, so I went for an X-ray and CT scan, and it turns out I have a fracture in my right radius. It’s definitely not the best situation, but as it’s not too painful and I have pretty good grip strength, I’m hopeful that it won’t cause too many problems this weekend. Racing’s full of ups and downs. We’ll try to ride this one out and hopefully get a decent result in Japan to get a little momentum going and get some confidence back.”
VITTORIANO GUARESCHI, Team Manager

“Our team has had many good results at Motegi. Last year we had done good work on the bike’s setup, although we weren’t able to put it to the test in the race since Valentino crashed on the first lap and Nicky, who was riding at a good pace, made a small mistake while he was in fourth place, affecting his final result. With Vale, we’ve been working in a promising direction with the setup for some races, and we’ll be able to check it again on Sunday. In addition, good grip usually helps us, and the Japanese track’s asphalt offers good traction. Nicky will have to deal with another small hand fracture, but he’s a very determined rider and he has reassured us that his condition is okay and that he has every intention of immediately returning to action.”
MOTEGI CIRCUIT RECORDS

Circuit Record: Casey Stoner (Ducati – 2008), 1:47.091 – 161.391 Km/h (100.284 mph)
Best Pole: Casey Stoner (Honda – 2011), 1:45.267 – 164.267 Km/h (102.071 mph)
Circuit Length: 4.801 km/2.983 mi
2012 MotoGP Race: 24 laps (115.224 km/71.597 mi)
2012 MotoGP Schedule: 2:00 p.m. Local Time
2011 PODIUM: 1st Dani Pedrosa, 2nd Jorge Lorenzo, 3rd Casey Stoner
2011 POLE: Casey Stoner (Honda), 1:45.267 – 164.267 Km/h (102.071 mph)
DUCATI TEAM’S BEST RESULTS AT MOTEGI

2011: 7th (Hayden)
2010: 1st (Stoner)
2009: 4th (Stoner)
2008: 2nd (Stoner)
2007: 1st  (Capirossi)
2006: 1st  (Capirossi)
2005: 1st  (Capirossi)
2004: DNF
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: 272 (212 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 Motegi

2011: Grid, 7th; Race, DNF
2010: Grid, 2nd; Race, 3rd
2009: Grid, 1st; Race, 2nd
2008: Grid, 4th; Race, 1st
2007: Grid, 2nd; Race, 13th
2006: Grid, 2nd; Race, 2nd
2005: Grid, 11th; Race, DNF
2004: Grid, 3rd; Race, 2nd
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: 163 (163 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 Motegi

2011: Grid, 10th; Race, 7th
2010: Grid, 11th; Race, 12th
2009: Grid, 12th; Race, DNF
2008: Grid, 3rd; Race, 5th
2007: Grid, 3rd; Race, 9th
2006: Grid, 7th; Race, 5th
2005: Grid, 6th; Race, 7th
2004: Grid, 9th; Race, NC

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Ducati Team back with both riders for season’s second home race


The Ducati Team is preparing for its second home race of the season, which will take place on Sunday at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. The GP di San Marino e della Riviera Rimini is also an important round for Valentino Rossi, who lives near the circuit at which he has posted two wins and an additional podium finish.

Nicky Hayden will return to the track after incurring an injury at Indianapolis that also forced him to miss the following Grand Prix, at Brno. The American has been undergoing rehabilitation in the United States, and Friday he’ll test the strength and endurance of his right hand, which had suffered two fractures.

As usual at Misano, the Ducati Team will be supported by Ducati fans in the “Variante del Parco” grandstand, which is situated near the first corner.

VALENTINO ROSSI, Ducati Team
“Misano is one of two home races for us, so there will be a lot of fans and a very special atmosphere, as is always the case when we race in Italy. The track is challenging and difficult, but I like it a lot. It has some really fun sections, such as the exit from the “Tramonto” corner and the big, fast corners after the back straight. We’ll have to work well in the practice sessions in order to fight and to try and do a nice race.”

NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati Team
“I can’t wait to get back on the track, but I know that it won’t be easy this weekend. My hand is improving and one of the two fractures is healing quickly, while the other metacarpal still has a pretty good fracture line. I’ve been able to keep up with my cardio training, and of course I’ve been doing the normal rehab, including a visit to Dr Ting in California. Braking on these MotoGP bikes puts a lot of stress on the right hand, particularly on a clockwise circuit like Misano. Nevertheless, racing at one of Ducati’s home tracks is something that I enjoy, and I certainly hope to be able to do the race. We’ve got a couple of things stacked against us, but we’ll see if we can put up a solid result and kick off a new positive stretch at Misano.”

VITTORIANO GUARESCHI, Team Manager
“At Misano we’ll be back with both of our riders, which is definitely a positive for our home race, where we’ll have a lot of fans. Over the past few weeks, Nicky has undergone rehabilitation while keeping up with his training, and on Friday morning we’ll see how his hand reacts to the stress of riding the bike, especially on braking. It’s Valentino’s home race, and Misano is definitely a special round for him. We’ll work on the setup to try and give him the conditions he needs to ride at a good, consistent pace for the entire race.”

MISANO CIRCUIT RECORDS
Circuit Record: Dani Pedrosa (Honda – 2010), 1:34.340 – 161.263 Km/h (100.204 mph)
Best Pole: Casey Stoner (Honda – 2011), 1:33.138 – 163.344 km/h (101.497 mph)

Circuit Length: 4.226 km (2.626 mi)
2011 MotoGP Race: 28 laps (118.328 km/73.526 mi)
2012 MotoGP Schedule: 2:00 p.m. Local Time

2011 PODIUM: 1st Jorge Lorenzo, 2nd Dani Pedrosa, 3rd Casey Stoner
2011 POLE: Casey Stoner (Honda), 1:33.138 – 163.344 km/h (101.497 mph)

DUCATI TEAM’S BEST RESULTS AT MISANO
2011: 7th (Rossi)
2010: 5th (Stoner)
2009: -
2008: 9th (Melandri)
2007: 1st (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: 270 (210 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 Misano
2011: Grid, 11th; Race, 7th
2010: Grid, 4th; Race, 3rd
2009: Grid, 1st; Race, 1st
2008: Grid, 2nd; Race, 1st
2007: Grid, 2nd; Race, DNF

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 MotoGP track record at Misano
2011: Grid, 15th; Race, DNF
2010: Grid: 14th; Race: DNF
2009: Grid: 6th; Race: DNF
2008: Grid: 16th; Race: DNS
2007: Grid: 3rd; Race: 13th

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