The last time a d'Antin rider stood on the MotoGP podium was at the 2007 Italian Grand Prix, when veteran Alex Barros snatched third position from factory Ducati rider Casey Stoner by less than 0.1secs to be the only Desmosedici rider on the rostrum.

But the satellite team's 2008 results to date have been some way adrift of that level, with a best of eighth, by Toni Elias at Shanghai, the highlight so far.

The twists and turns of Le Mans then left Elias and team-mate Sylvain Guintoli just eleventh and 13th, but team principal Luis d'Antin is hoping for far more favourable results at the Desmosedici's home track.

"We knew Le Mans wasn't going to be the most favourable track for our bike," said d'Antin. "We found many difficulties and at the end we managed to conquer only a few points for the world classification. At the Mugello things should be different for us.

"The outline of the circuit fits the characteristics of our Ducati Desmosedici much more and therefore we need to obtain good results, especially as we conquered the podium last year with Alex Barros.

"Unfortunately we didn't participate in the Le Mans test because at the beginning of the season, when we choose all our tests, we decided to do them on other circuits.

"In fact, after Mugello we will have the Barcelona race, where the following Monday and Tuesday we will have the possibility to try some new technical solutions on our Ducati," he revealed.

 

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