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Dovizioso: "Everything is open"

The Italian speaks to Marca ahead of the Czech GP and chats about his season so far, including having his say on teammate Lorenzo...

After his fantastic victory at the opening round in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has only managed to stand on the podium once and currently sits fourth in the Championship, 77 points behind leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). However, the Italian isn’t giving up on that illusive first premier class title as he spoke to Marca about several talking points in the season so far.

Teammate Jorge Lorenzo has been subject to plenty of interest after claiming his first Ducati wins, followed by his shock move to Repsol Honda. Despite these two victories though, ‘DesmoDovi’ reiterates that the Spaniard’s Mugello and Barcelona wins doesn’t “solve the problem.”

“He has won two races, winning two races does not solve the problem of a year and a half,” explained the former 125 World Champion. “Whoever wants to see it like that, see it, there's no problem. But Lorenzo was not signed to win two races.”

As well as having his say on the whistling and booing of riders, calling it a “horrible thing”, the number 04 talks about the chances of someone other than Marquez taking the 2018 title, claiming it’s silly to think no one else can at this stage of the season.

“There are many points at stake, so everything is open,” said Dovizioso. “Whoever wants to see it objectively, sees it that way. We are in a sport conditioned by millions of factors, how can you think that the Championship is over? It can’t be.”

In addition, Dovizioso chats about his somewhat uncharacteristic crashes this year, which is partly why the Ducati rider has lost ground in the Championship. But what’s he putting it down to? Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali has said the crashes in Le Mans and Barcelona were due to over confidence on the 32-year-old’s part.

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“No. That happened at Le Mans but not in Barcelona. In Le Mans I was too calm, I did not give importance to a small mistake that I had and the small mistake became a big mistake. In Barcelona, ​​I wanted to go at a pace that I could not go because we were not at one hundred percent. I did not ride properly in that race. I could have done better..." 

Dovizioso goes on to talk about his mental preparation ahead of races, while also talking about his battles with Marquez in 2017.