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Dovizioso: “I am optimistic about Motegi”

Dovizioso: “I am optimistic about Motegi”

Andrea Dovizioso heads to the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, a race where he has produced consistently strong results.

In 2014 Andrea Dovizioso scored pole position at the Japanese GP for Ducati, this marked a distinct turning point for Ducati as they returned to the forefront of the MotoGP™ World Championship. Motegi has seen both Ducati and Dovizioso achieve great results, on four occasions Ducati have claimed victory at the Japanese track and in 2010 Andrea Dovizioso stood on the podium in second. Only twice has ‘Desmo Dovi’ failed to finish outside the top five in Motegi, and never has he finished outside the top ten in the MotoGP™ class. With the Ducati Team rider and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) locked in a tight battle for fifth in the championship, a strong result in Motegi would be hugely beneficial for Dovizioso.

The heavy braking that Motegi has become famous for has played to Ducati’s strengths in the past and Dovizioso is eager to see how the GP15 handles the technical circuit. Finding a setting for the GP15 to enable it to be stable in these heavy braking zones will be critical for success and this is the first area that Dovizioso and his team plan to work on.

Andrea Dovizioso: “Motegi is one of my preferred tracks because there is a lot of braking, and this year I hope to be just as fast with my GP15, even though I didn’t have a great feeling at Aragón. We will try and modify the set-up to improve the stability under braking, but in any case I am optimistic about Motegi because I’ve almost always scored good results in MotoGP, including twice taking pole, in 2010 and last year.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team

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