Ducati Team pair expect hard challenge at Indianapolis

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow both expect a tough challenge to fight at the front at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Dovizioso has stepped onto the Indianapolis podium once, with a third place in 2012, while in his three races at Indy, Crutchlow’s best result was fifth place last year.

Since the last round in Germany on 13th July, there has been some important news on the Ducati rider front. Dovizioso has renewed his contract with the Ducati Team for two more years, while Crutchlow will leave the Italian squad at the end of the season, to ride with LCR Honda in 2015.

Dovizioso looked ahead to round ten, stating, “Indianapolis is a bit of a strange track, but this year it has been resurfaced so it will be interesting to see how the bikes go now. It’s a complicated circuit for all riders. I haven’t had much luck here, and I only managed to get onto the podium in 2012. This year it’s difficult to think that we can fight for the podium, but in any case I’m fourth overall in the standings and I’ll continue to fight hard to keep that position.”

For his part, Crutchlow added, “Indy is a circuit I’m quite looking forward to, and my approach will be the same as always: give my everything to get a good result. Last year I scored a good fifth place after battling with (Valentino) Rossi and (Alvaro) Bautista, but this year I think it’s going to be a difficult circuit for the Ducati, with the last four corners cutting back on themselves. We suffered a lot with understeer in Germany so we will have to work hard to improve at Indianapolis.”

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