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Dovizioso looks forward to hard weekend in Jerez

Dovizioso looks forward to hard weekend in Jerez

Despite his excellent MotoGP debut at round one in Qatar, in which he successfully battled with compatriot Valentino Rossi for fourth place in the final laps, JiR Team Scot's Andrea Dovizioso is taking nothing for granted ahead of the Gran Premio bwin.com de España.

Despite his excellent MotoGP debut at round one in Qatar, in which he successfully battled with compatriot Valentino Rossi for fourth place in the final laps, JiR Team Scot's Andrea Dovizioso is taking nothing for granted ahead of the Gran Premio bwin.com de España.

The popular young Italian impressed the MotoGP fraternity in his first premier class race by making up five positions from ninth on the grid to finish just off the podium at Losail, but heading into round two he admits that the venue for this weekend's action is not his number one track on the Grand Prix calendar.

Nonetheless, Dovizioso has had podium finishes behind his race and championship winning 250cc rival Jorge Lorenzo at Jerez in the quarter litre class over the last two seasons and the good test work done by him and his team at the Andalusian circuit over the winter will also help his cause.

Furthermore, having mixed it with the very best under the Qatar floodlights the 22 year-old should having nothing to fear about the level of talent surrounding him on the MotoGP grid.

`The Jerez circuit is not my favourite one,´ admits Dovizioso, `but with my MotoGP bike I did very well there in testing as I was riding consistently and I did some very good times. I'm confident that we can do very well and now we have done the first race I have learnt a lot of things that you can only learn while racing with other riders on the track at the same time.´

The Honda rider went on to reveal the set-up checks he will be focussing on in the early stages of the Spanish GP visit, saying: `It will be a very hard weekend, because the other riders want to give their maximum performance - more so than at the championship tests. I think we have a good technical base set-up, but during practice we have to work on the braking of the bike and also the acceleration in low the RPM regimes from around 2000-4000rpm.´

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MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, Andrea Dovizioso, JiR Team Scot MotoGP

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