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Badovini feels top ten within reach at Phillip Island

'If my condition is OK and I can push hard then I think I can be in the top ten at least' - Ayrton Badovini
Ayrton Badovini believes he can break into the top ten at Phillip Island this weekend despite suffering with a hematoma near his liver.

The Alstare Ducati World Superbike rider was hit with the setback in a crash during the private two-day test at the Australian circuit last week.

Badovini missed the official test this week as a result, only completing a few laps on Tuesday, but hopes to recover sufficiently to play his role in giving the new Panigale 1199R a successful race debut on Sunday.

The Italian's best result to date at Phillip Island is a 14th place finish in 2011 but Badovini reckons the top ten is a possibility depending on his physical condition.

“Everything depends on how I feel and it's too early to say what's going to happen on race day,” said Badovini.

“If my condition is OK and I can push hard then I think I can be in the top ten at least.

“I think we have a good base setting and everything we do at the moment seems to be taking us in the right direction,” he added.

“This will be my first race on a twin-cylinder bike, but I know that this circuit generally suits Ducati bikes, so I'm hoping to have a good couple of races.”



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cassyo

February 20, 2013 2:08 PM

Nice to hear that from you, Ayrton ! You are not the only one to believe that Ducati can still keep up, with the top guns, here at PI. Maybe you can credit some other guys from motoGP with such positive thinking. Upon request, ofcourse.



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