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Stoner heading to happy hunting ground at Catalunya

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The Ducati Team travelled directly from Holland, where Casey Stoner celebrated a podium finish, to the north-east of Spain this week in readiness for Sunday‰Ûªs Grand Prix of Catalunya, which completes a triple-header of races across three consecutive weekends.

The Spanish track, the scene of Ducati‰Ûªs first win during the factory‰Ûªs debut MotoGP season back in 2003, is fast, exciting, and the it has been scene of some memorable races in the past. Both Stoner and his team-mate Nicky Hayden are hoping to find a good set-up for their machines as they look to mount another strong challenge for the podium.

‰ÛÏI have had some fantastic races at Catalunya in the past and others not so good but generally I have very fond memories there," Stoner recalled.

"I hope we can get around the issues we usually have there and be competitive because gradually we are getting better but we need to start picking up the results to show for it; it would be nice to start doing that at Catalunya. The layout is really nice, it‰Ûªs quite a classic, but sometimes with our bike we have struggled to find grip there. We have to try and sort that out this year and hopefully I can have some fun because we normally get some really close racing here," the Australian concluded.

‰ÛÏThe Grand Prix of Catalunya is one of the nicest of the season," Nicky Hayden added.

"Whenever we race in Spain there is always a huge crowd and a really hot atmosphere. Everybody likes the track, even though over the years it has developed a few bumps. As far as set-up is concerned it will be important to find good traction because there are a lot of corners where you‰Ûªre leaned over for a long time. There are also some hard braking areas so it will be important to find a good balance between stability and handling. We‰Ûªll do our best to do a good job," Hayden concluded.

Main Photo: Casey Stoner

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