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Dovizioso plays down premier class rumours

Dovizioso plays down premier class rumours

Winner of the 250cc Grand Prix of Turkey and quarter litre class runner-up on the two previous MotoGP visits to China, Andrea Dovizioso will certainly be one man to keep an eye on this weekend.

Winner of the 250cc Grand Prix of Turkey and quarter litre class runner-up on the two previous MotoGP visits to China, Andrea Dovizioso will certainly be one man to keep an eye on this weekend.

The young Italian sits behind 250cc title holder and current World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo in second place in the standings – exactly where he finished last season - but is determined to make up further ground on the Spaniard on Sunday at the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China.

Having recently been linked with a move up to MotoGP for 2008, the Italian is keeping his feet on the ground for now and commented: "It's always nice to be spoken about as having a chance of making it into MotoGP, but it's very early to be thinking about that. We need to concentrate on the current championship, and trying to get the 250cc title and later we'll see."

The popular Honda rider has a big following in his native Italy and in between the Turkish and Chinese Grands Prix he took time out to visit his supporters at an official Dovizioso fan club meeting, where he signed autographs and posed for photos with the MotoGP-crazy Italian public.

The talented 21 year-old is certainly a big asset to Team Scot whom he has represented ever since his full-time entry to Grand Prix racing in 2002. Indeed, as was the case in 2004 when Dovizioso secured the 125cc World Championship, his team will again be backed by Kopron this season, which the Italian will hope can lead to history repeating itself in terms of his personal success. Kopron were already sponsoring him directly as a rider and now return as a team title sponsor alongside Scot in a deal which was announced on 28th April at his fan club party. Looking ahead to this Sunday's action Dovizioso said: "They have forecast rain for the Grand Prix, so we will have to concentrate hard on what happens here. A race in the wet is always an unknown quantity, because no-one knows what will happen."

Tags:
250cc, 2007, SINOPEC GREAT WALL LUBRICANTS GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, Andrea Dovizioso

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