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Q&A - Andrea Dovizioso

"The 800cc MotoGP machines need to be easy to ride to the limit, not like the 990cc, which were so powerful and heavy that you skidded and that was normal" - Andrea Dovizioso
An interview with Andrea Dovizioso released following last week's second 2010 pre-season test session at Sepang, which the Repsol Honda rider finished as the top RCV rider in seventh place, albeit 1.17sec behind Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)...

Q:
First of all, congratulations on becoming a father... is it difficult to ride at 300 km/h knowing that little Sara is waiting for you at home?

Andrea Dovizioso:
That is something I thought about when I heard the news, but I'm young and very focused on what I want to achieve, so I didn't think that it was going to change me, and that's how it's been. I'm very focused on my work and it's not a problem. To be honest, it's an experience that can only go well for me.

Q:
It is harder for you to spend more time away from home now?

Andrea Dovizioso:
We've just started the championship, so not yet, but maybe later on. She was born in mid-December, so I've been training for two and a half months, but also spending time with my daughter and her mother.

Q:
Let's talk about bikes. You had a good start to the year here a few weeks ago, and over the last two days you have confirmed that you are moving in the right direction... Are you satisfied with the work that Honda has done over the winter?

Andrea Dovizioso:
I'm very happy because they have worked really hard and it was important for the factory to understand the modifications that had to be made and above all, because it's been confirmed that this work has been well-done. It's also true that we can't stop at what has been done and that we must improve more, because we aren't fast enough, but I'm happy.

Q:
Did you ask HRC for a lot of changes after the first test in Sepang?

Andrea Dovizioso:
Yes many things, because there wasn't enough time in the first test to check everything. They have made changes, even my position on the machine, which seems trivial, but it can change the performance a lot. With these changes we are heading in the direction that we think is the right direction. Problems arise, but that's normal and we are trying to resolve them.

Q:
Have you received all that material?

Andrea Dovizioso:
Yes, and I'm very happy with the work they've done, although there is still more to do.

Q:
What lies ahead for the Qatar test?

Andrea Dovizioso:
I don't know yet, because we have to talk to the team. The Qatar Circuit is very special and therefore, what happens there will not be very indicative, but we want to do better than here. We will do the tests and see our potential because we have had two tests in Sepang on a track that I like and we'll need to see our level there.

Q:
What level of evolution do you think the new machine has reached?

Andrea Dovizioso:
Everything depends on the Bridgestone tyres because it is an extremely important aspect. If you don't build a machine that makes the most of them, you can ride however you want but you won't win. So, the work on is focused on that.

Q:
Are you happy with the Ohlins suspension?

Andrea Dovizioso:



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Dovizioso, Sepang MotoGP tests, 25-26th February 2010
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Dovizioso, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
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Dovizioso`s Ducati, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014,
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Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
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Pamilyh - Unregistered

March 05, 2010 7:53 AM

Dovi is still learning how to build his bike...Which he could not do in satelite team. This is his second year in factory team so he need a time to be champ. While pedroza is in his limit. He will perform as usual like biagi. Lorenzo is having good fortune he gets rossi's bike...If lorenzo rides honda he will get trouble a lot.



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