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Dovizioso relishing hard work in factory environment

Dovizioso relishing hard work in factory environment

With his move to Repsol Honda giving him a big chance to be ever more competitive in 2009, Andrea Dovizioso is enjoying the challenge of this year’s preseason preparations.

Given the responsibility of developing a bike for the first time this winter Andrea Dovizioso is enjoying the challenge of improving the factory RC212V as he goes into his second season in MotoGP.

Having made his debut in the premier class last year Dovizioso was the highest placed satellite rider in the 2008 final standings earning him a promotion within the HRC ranks and the chance to ride with Repsol Honda in 2009.

He will aim to finish higher than last year’s impressive fifth place overall, but the Italian has a big weight on his shoulders as he develops the factory Honda prototype alone at present, due to team-mate Dani Pedrosa’s injuries.

On that added expectation and the extra work on his schedule, Dovizioso told at the Repsol Honda team presentation over the weekend, “It is normal to have more responsibility in a factory team. But for me it is not a problem, we need to work hard and we are going the right way.”

Commenting on being ready for the start of the season in less than one month at Qatar on 12th April, he added, “We are not 100% yet, we have two big problems to work on. From the first test we had these problems and it is not easy to find the solution because we also need to improve the set-up with the new tyres, so everything is new for us. Right now we are not competitive enough to beat the top guys, but we have one more test and in that time I hope we can find the solution.”

MotoGP, 2009, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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