Ducati MotoGP News
The Team Manager for the Ducati Factory Team, Vittoriano Guareschi, recently discussed the 2010 MotoGP campaigns of Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden, and of the new star on the team for 2011, Valentino Rossi.
In an official MotoGP interview, Guareschi talked of the tough 2010 MotoGP Championship year with former rider Stoner and the American Hayden.
Vittoriano Guareschi (Ducati MotoGP Team Manager) says: "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 Ducati 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."
"At the start of the MotoGP 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."
Guareschi then switched his thoughts to Hayden’s 2010 MotoGP season.
Vittoriano Guareschi explains: "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."
Then came the obvious discussion, the much-anticipated nine-time World Champion Rossi and his Italian MotoGP marriage to the Italian Ducati.
Vittoriano Guareschi continues: "We have high aims for 2011. We know that Valentino Rossi 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."
"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 Rossi has won and how much we have achieved too. If everybody works well the results will come."
"Until now Rossi has always improved his bikes, both at Honda and Yamaha. Nicky knows how strong his new Ducati teammate is and is conscious that together they can help to develop the bike. He wants to make it better and knows that with Valentino Rossi beside him it can be achieved."