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Dovizioso: "I didn’t expect to be competitive...and I won!"

It's another incredible weekend for 'DesmoDovi' as the Italian takes back-to-back wins

After taking another incredible victory in the Catalan GP, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) became the first rider for the Borgo Panigale factory to win back-to-back races in red since Casey Stoner - and moved himself up even closer to Championship leader Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in the points table.

Ever the realist, the Italian refuses to consider the Championship - and says the not-so-secret secret behind the win in Barcelona was the 'perfect' strategy.

Andrea Dovizioso, P1: “We realised the grip was so bad and the rear tyre consumption so high, that we shouldn’t just focus on the speed. And when we started the race, no one could push because everyone had to save the tyre a lot. I overtook a few riders and was behind Dani, and decided to stay there. He saved the rear tyre well, and I did, but I was able to conserve the front. I didn’t know what was going on behind or if someone was able to catch us because our pace wasn’t very high. Ten laps to the end I tried to push but when I got to the front I realised my tyre was finished! But it was the same for them, too. It’s a strange feeling because I’ve never won by not pushing 100%!

"No one can understand the future, especially this year. Every weekend is a different story. So I’m not focused on the Championship, and I’m very focused on developing the bike. This weekend was strange for everyone but we managed it in the best way, and had a perfect strategy. I didn’t expect to be competitive here and I won…I just want to relax in my position. I know very well the positives and negatives of the bike and want to get the most from the bike every race. But I'm realistic - I don't think we can fight for the Championship, we are still missing something.”

Dovizioso: "I didn't expect to win two races in seven days"