Casey Stoner and Nicky Hyden gives their thoughts on this weekend’s MotoGP after arriving in Estoril for the penultimate round.
NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati MotoGP Team
“The end of the season is on the horizon but we have two races left to do well in so it’s now or never as far as this season is concerned. Estoril is pretty normal, there’s nothing really special about the track apart from a very fast section onto the back straight and then towards the end of the lap there’s a chicane which I think is the slowest in MotoGP. The track is very tight, which makes it demanding, and given that the circuit is close to the ocean, like Phillip Island, you usually get wind and changeable weather. In any case we are ready for any conditions and looking to finish the season in a positive way.”
CASEY STONER, Ducati MotoGP Team
“I have had a mixture of different results at Estoril – some good like my first 250cc win in 2005 and a podium in 2007, some not so good like when we had a problem with the on-board camera in 2008. Then we were back on the podium again in 2009… I was fast there last year but Jorge was a little faster. He is very strong at this circuit and I think we can expect him to be so again next Sunday. We just have to focus on the job of setting the bike up. We know that there are a lot of bumps here and our bike usually reacts quite aggressively over bumps, so we will have to see if we can adapt the set up. The GP10 has worked well in all kinds of conditions over the last few races so we’re pretty confident”.
VITTORIANO GUARESCHI, Team Manager
“We are back in Europe after a series of positive results overseas, and in Portugal at a circuit that perhaps isn’t one of our best, but still had some good podiums there. Even though he has not won here yet in MotoGP Casey has always been fast here and he returned after three months out to take an excellent second place last year. Both he and Nicky have found a set-up they feel comfortable with in all conditions and we will also try to adapt it to this circuit. We know it won’t be easy because Estoril is a demanding circuit with an irregular and slippery track surface but we are ready to give our best as always.”
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