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Dovizioso talks 2016 falls and his future in Ducati

Dovizioso talks 2016 falls and his future in Ducati

After returning from Texas Andrea Dovizioso, a Ducati rider for four seasons, talked to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport about his past, the current situation and his future in the team.

There’s no doubt that Andrea Dovizioso is on a run of terricle luck, first his fall in Argentina as a result of his teammate and then the crash in America. In Texas Dovizioso was hit by the Honda of Dani Pedrosa after the Spaniard lost control of his bike, the Italian escaping with just a bruised leg. This incident was different to the one in Argentina where the crash came as a result of contact with Andrea Iannone: “We’re talking about the same subject but with two very different mind-sets. The damage was the same, Andrea came into the last corner not knowing if he would come out. Pedrosa has only made a mistake,” reflected Dovizioso.

His interview also touched on the shuffle of riders during ‘Silly Season’. As rumours continue to grow about the arrival of Jorge Lorenzo at the Borgo Panigale factory, some have questions Dovizioso’s place at Ducati and whether his extensive experience could be best used at somewhere like Suzuki: “What Ducati will decide we do not know. People in Ducati know what has happened over the past fours years, Gigi Dall’Igna has seen three of those years, they have all the data to understand the characteristics of the riders, their development work, their approach, their professionalism. If they choose me it is because they share my reasoning, my method of work. If they choose otherwise I will be fine.” It is suggested that both Suzuki and KTM have made offers, but Dovizioso waits for Ducati’s words: “I have already taken steps to understand and assess, for the experience I have is almost more than anyone, I evaluate the projects.”

Of course the interview eventually steered towards Dovizioso’s opinions on Lorenzo’s rumoured move to the red machine: “I can’t tell how anyone will go on the bike. The Ducati is particular, the base and the character are still the same but the bike has improved so much. Now many of us are strong. It’s a great personal satisfaction, I came here when no one wanted.”

MotoGP, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team

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