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Reflective Dovizioso looks back on journey to MotoGP

Reflective Dovizioso looks back on journey to MotoGP

Ahead of his third race in the premier class JiR Team Scot´s Andrea Dovizioso looked back on his fantastic start to the season and his journey through the smaller classes which led him to the pinnacle of motorcycle competition.

Ahead of his third race in the premier class JiR Team Scot´s Andrea Dovizioso looked back on his fantastic start to the season and his journey through the smaller classes which led him to the pinnacle of motorcycle competition.

The popular young Honda satellite rider has made a solid start to his first MotoGP campaign with a good winter testing programme, a sensational top five debut in Qatar - in which he had held off his famous compatriot Valentino Rossi on the final lap to clinch an excellent fourth place - and another epic race in Jerez.

On that remarkable maiden premier class appearance at Losail International, Dovizioso commented, `The fight with Valentino was very hard, and we had a lot of problems with the bike, especially the rear tyre, and also my experience wasn't so great at that stage. But to win the fight with Valentino at the first race was crazy!´

The 22 year-old´s time in the smaller classes saw him win the 125cc World title in 2004 and finish runner-up in the 250cc category in 2006 and 2007 after some epic battles with double World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, meaning he brings with him plenty of experience at the majority of World Championship circuits, as he tackles his biggest challenge to date this year.

Looking back on the early days of his racing career in the 125cc class, Dovizioso said, `My first Grand Prix was not really good because I didn´t finish the race. The conditions were wet and back 2001 I was not so good in the rain. In 2003, the best race was in South Africa, it was my first podium and I fought with (Youichi) Ui and (Dani) Pedrosa, which was very nice.´

Recalling the season that he truly announced himself on the World stage, with his single cylinder World title, the affable Italian stated, `In 2004 Honda gave me the factory bike and I wanted to win the Championship. I won five races and it was a lot of fun.´

`I became World Champion in Malaysia. The feeling was strange because I already had a lot of points, so the feeling was much crazier when I won the first race. But for sure after two or three months, when I realized that I had won the Championship, it was incredible.´

Reflecting on the subsequent move up to the quarter litre category in 2005, Dovizioso continued, `The first season in 250c was very difficult, because there were a lot of fast riders, and third position was very good for me in the first year. But it was a difficult year because when you fight with strong riders it is always very tough.´

Having subsequently battled unsuccessfully for two more years for the title on 250cc Honda machinery against rivals receiving direct factory support from Aprilia, Dovizioso has had his fair share of frustration before arriving on the 800cc scene.

Summarising the last two years, he stated, `I think 2006 was the worst year for me, because Honda hadn't worked a lot and also my feeling with the bike was not 100%. I don't think it was good for the other riders, or for Honda. I think people look at everything, and they can understand the differences on the bike so I don't need to speak about that.´

`I wanted to win the Championship in 250cc, before going into MotoGP, but I wanted to stay with Honda, but with them not working again on the 2-strokes was not good. So after three years in 250cc my lap times in the races were very fast, so it was enough experience to move up to MotoGP.´

Concluding with a comment on his ambitions for 2008, Dovizioso revealed, `My dream this year is to get into the top three. It will be very hard because all the riders are fast, there are at least six of us who are very fast, and there are lots of riders in factory teams, on factory bikes. But anyway, we'll try and we'll see.´

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