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Dovizioso: “Every race weekend is completely different”

Dovizioso: “Every race weekend is completely different”

2016’s technical changes have made every weekend a surprise for Andrea Dovizioso; weather could make the process yet more difficult.

Not only did Ducati participate in the one-day post-race Jerez test, the factory team also ran a private test at Mugello on Monday before round five. More prepared than ever, Andrea Dovizioso is hoping to continue his run of five straight front row starts at the Le Mans circuit. It’s not just Qualifying where Dovizioso and Ducati have gone well, the combination have also never finished outside the top ten at the French GP. 2016 is not just a new season, but also a new era as a swarm of technical changes have shaken up the MotoGP™ World Championship. These changes make every weekend a new challenge for ‘Desmo Dovi’ and quickly understanding how the Michelin tyres work is vital to being up the front.

As is becoming an all to common story, Dovizioso arrives looking to restart his season after three straight DNFs. In Jerez his DNF was caused not by a breakdown of the water pump as first thought, but by a problem with another component that stopped the pump from functioning correctly. All involved, and especially Ducati Corse, are adamant that the issue was an isolated one. Le Mans is not only famous for hosting the 24-hour race, but also for wet weather which could play into the hands of Dovizioso and Ducati, the Italian’s only MotoGP™ victory coming in the wet.

Andrea Dovizioso: “With the new tyres, this year it is really difficult to know what a circuit is going to be like before we take to the track on Friday morning. Every race weekend is completely different to the previous one and so you have to start the work afresh. We have to understand how the tyres are going to work here on my Desmosedici GP, but I am confident because Le Mans is a track where I always manage to express my potential and hopefully we have the chance to be competitive and fight with the top guys.”

MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team

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