Misano: Team Ducati preview

Just one week after racking up his fifth double win of the season, Britain's Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila) continues his red-hot championship pace this weekend as the World Superbike championship comes to a scorching Misano Adriatico circuit in Italy.

Just one week after racking up his fifth double win of the season, Britain's Neil Hodgson (Ducati Fila) continues his red-hot championship pace this weekend as the World Superbike championship comes to a scorching Misano Adriatico circuit in Italy. Neil will not only have to contend with the summer temperatures, but also with his numerous rivals, including team-mate Ruben Xaus, twice on the podium at Silverstone.

Hodgson, who overcame a throat infection and a high temperature at Silverstone to win two of the best races seen all year, brings a 130-point lead to the Santamonica track as the championship moves into the second half of the season.

"After my two wins at Silverstone I feel 100% fit now" declared Neil. "I know it's going to be a hot weekend here at Misano, but it's great to be racing at what is more or less Ducati's home circuit and I know there will be thousands of fans cheering me on come Sunday. Misano is not one of my favourite tracks, although I have set a couple of poles here and last year I finished third in race 2, whereas the year before my tyre exploded!. I'm feeling pretty confident for some good results here, although I don't think the racing will be as crazy as Silverstone!"

Team-mate Ruben Xaus scored two third place finishes in Britain which have helped to boost his confidence and the 25-year-old Spanish rider now looks to capitalise on those results at Misano.

"I feel that when we find the right set-up, the 999 is great and we can go well but I need more testing time with the bike", said Ruben. "As we saw in Silverstone if you work hard and find a good set-up for the race, then the results will come. I won here in Supersport twice and I was a bit unlucky last year. I hope to start working the best way on Friday, practice and practice and then the result will come by itself. The track surface and the heat are the worst parts of the Misano circuit, they've asphalted most of the track but not the back bit so you have to find the right compromise for that part of the circuit as well."

CIRCUIT: The Misano circuit was designed in 1969 and started activity in 1972. Since 1992 it has continuously hosted the San Marino Round of the World Superbike Championship. The track's location on Italy's Adriatic Riviera and its mid-June date in the WSBK calendar have always guaranteed massive crowds for the race. The circuit itself measures 4.060 km and has four left and four right-hand curves, but the most impressive part is the long sweeping left-hander from Carro to Tramonto.

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Neil Hodgson , Ruben Xaus