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Dovizioso and Hayden under no illusions

Dovizioso and Hayden under no illusions

Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden are bracing themselves for another difficult weekend at the Sachsenring, having struggled to tenth and eleventh positions at the Dutch TT two weekends ago.

The Assen race ended in dramatic fashion. As Dovizioso dived up the inside of the final corner, both he and Hayden ran wide which allowed Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith to seize ninth place. This capped off a highly frustrating weekend for Ducati, which had featured Dovizioso’s worst ever MotoGP™ qualifying result.

“I don’t know how the Sachsenring will be for us,” Italy’s Dovizioso begins ahead of the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. “As is the case at many tracks this year, this one will be new for me with the Ducati. It’s a small circuit, but it’s very complicated. I’m not crazy about it, but I’m curious to see how the Desmosedici will go there. We knew Assen wasn’t one of the easiest tracks for us, but we certainly didn’t ever expect all the problems we had. Still, we go to the Sachsenring as we always do: determined to get the best result possible.”

Then with Repsol Honda Team, Hayden clinched four consecutive Sachsenring podium finishes as he finished third on every occasion from 2004 to 2007.

“Assen was tough for us, but the Sachsenring is a track I look forward to going to,” says the 2006 MotoGP™ World Champion. “I can’t say it’s the greatest or the most fun, but I’ve had good results there in the past.

“Everybody knows that the ‘waterfall’ corner is one of the best corners in all of racing and, if the bike is working well there, it’s a lot of fun. It’s a track where traction and tyre wear are both really important and that’s not our strength at the moment, especially because we know the tyres will be pretty hard to compensate for that. We’ve got a big job ahead of us, but hopefully we can get some good momentum going. It would be nice to have more fun this weekend.”

Dovizioso and Hayden are currently placed sixth and eighth in the Riders’ Championship, with Ducati Team fourth for teams’ honours.

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