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Dovizioso spirited by Phillip Island form

Dovizioso spirited by Phillip Island form

Andrea Dovizioso is looking to his previous form at Phillip Island for inspiration ahead of this weekend’s Iveco Australian Grand Prix.

Andrea Dovizioso’s quest to round off his second season in MotoGP with a strong finale takes the Italian to a track where he made an impressive premier-class debut last year.

Missing out on fourth place on only the final lap of 2008’s race at Phillip Island, Repsol Honda rider Dovizioso is currently fifth in the Championship standings – eight points ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards.

Having won the 125cc race in 2004, Dovizioso knows what is required of the demanding Australian circuit, and he is confident of a successful race this weekend.

“Phillip Island is one of the best places to race because of the track layout and laid-back atmosphere. It’s a beautiful place - very green and the circuit is right by the sea which creates an unusual feeling,” said the 23 year-old. “Unfortunately we race here at a time of the year where it’s usually cold and windy, but still it’s an event I always look forward to.”

“The race track is really spectacular and it’s always a big challenge to race here. The fast corners and elevation changes make it a circuit that’s technical and demanding to ride, and it’s one of the tracks where the bike slides a lot, so achieving good machine control is essential. There are always a lot of fans at Phillip Island whatever the weather and they are really passionate about MotoGP. At the end of the race they all come under the podium and this make for a very special atmosphere - so I hope I’m up there to enjoy the reception.”

Dovizioso added, “I usually have decent results here and so I’m confident of having a good race. I’m certainly looking forward to getting back to this special track and pushing as hard as possible”.

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MotoGP, 2009, Iveco AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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