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Dovizioso attends Bologna Motor Show

Dovizioso attends Bologna Motor Show

The HRC rider was present at the famous yearly event over the weekend, and was joined by fellow Italian and MotoGP World Championship representative Marco Simoncelli.

The 2010 Bologna Motor Show opened its doors on Saturday and in attendance at the event was Andrea Dovizioso. A guest at the stand of Italian daily publication Gazzetta dello Sport the 24 year-old took a few minutes out from meeting fans to look ahead to the 2011 season, in which he is convinced he can be amongst those challenging for the title.

“The 2011 season looks like being an uncertain but fantastic one,” said Dovizioso, who will line up alongside 2010 team-mate Dani Pedrosa and newcomer to the factory HRC team Casey Stoner. “Lots of us will be competing for the title and our Honda will be the leading bike. We have already shown its strong points this year and now the technicians are working hard to improve it further.”

Asked where he himself needs to progress, Dovizioso responded: "In my head. MotoGP is packed with talent, so in the end it's the approach to the race – including concentration – that makes the difference.”

Discussing his team-mates for the new campaign, Dovizioso continued: "Dani and I talk every now and again in the motorhome and sometimes we have breakfast together. He is very closed but he is a good lad and I respect him. Casey is an incredible talent. When you see him on the track you feel daunted because he rides so powerfully. But he is inconsistent, or at least he has been on a Ducati, which is a particular sort of motorcycle. He either won or he fell. Let’s see how he performs with Honda.”

Pushed for a prediction for the 2011 campaign Dovizioso stated his belief that 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo will be the frontrunner.

"You know Jorge hasn’t been my favourite, ever since we raced in the lower categories. But this year he has dominated and deserved everything he has won. What if Rossi hadn’t been injured? Who knows? But something has changed there at a psychological level, for everyone. I am still convinced that Jorge would have won the world title anyway. And for 2011 he is obviously in pole position.”

A lingering challenge in Dovizioso’s eyes remains nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, who he says presents a very different challenge both on the track and beyond. "We are all conditioned, by the past, by human relationships, by the situation, when we try to overtake one rider as opposed to another. Perhaps it’s even more so with him because, if you beat him, it’s immediately in the news, even if it's only for fifth place. Then maybe another time you come second and they don’t write about you because he isn’t involved. That's a little unjust,” he concluded.

MotoGP, 2010, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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