By Christian Tiburtius
An exclusive interview with former 125cc world champion Andrea Dovizioso, who joined the factory Ducati MotoGP team in place of Valentino Rossi
at the start of this season.
Dovizioso made his MotoGP debut in 2008, winning a race for the Repsol Honda team in 2009 - where he remained until spending last season at Tech 3 Yamaha, then moving to Ducati.
The Italian is eighth in the world championship - as the top Desmosedici rider - heading into Sunday's Aragon race, with a best result of fourth so far this year...
Just a couple of questions about your career, when you were at Repsol Honda, were you given equal equipment and opportunities?
Yeah, I think my bike was the same as theirs. For sure they were very strong competitors and Casey [Stoner] had an amazing  season, but Honda worked hard for all their riders. I'm happy that Honda worked fairly for all their riders. Maybe if there was a new part and they didn't have enough for all the riders then I was usually third, but I don't really want to say anything about that here.
There was very little development that year anyway because the bike was working so well, so the bikes were very similar all season.
You were at Tech 3 last year and had scored six podiums, what motivated you to move to Ducati having seen how Valentino did?
The motivation was to try to develop the bike. When you develop a bike and do a really good job you can fight for a good result. That's the main reason I took that decision.
I mean we can't be happy about the results this year though, it's not the place Ducati want to be or where I want to be, so I can't really be happy about that but I hope there'll be big changes in the future.
So as things stand the bike isn't performing to expectations?
At the beginning I expected this situation and I expected us to improve it after a few races, unfortunately that didn't happen though.
What aspects of the Ducati are you mainly working on then?