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Andrea Dovizioso - Q&A

Everything, because the Ducati is so complex we have to improve everything. Some parts are big, some small, if we want to fight with the fast riders though we have to improve everything.

Turning for sure is one of the main points but it's not only that.

Crash.net:
Do you have any useful directions for development?

Andrea Dovizioso:
[Laughs] Yes and no, yes and no.

We have a lab bike where we can test things and find directions for future progress, but I don't want to speak about specific directions now.

Crash.net:
Is Audi having any influence on how things are progressing?

Andrea Dovizioso:
Yes, a little bit and in the future I hope it will be more.

Crash.net:
Does the bike need evolution or revolution?

Andrea Dovizioso:
No, I think we've improved the situation a little bit since the start of the season, but it hasn't made an impact on the speed and our competitors have made improvements as well so the gap has become bigger. That's because we haven't improved the speed whereas the competitors have.

Crash.net:
Are you OK with how hard Nicky seems to be racing you at the moment?

Andrea Dovizioso:
It's always important for your team-mate to push you 100% so that you can push each other to put the bike on the limit.

The last pass he did at Indianapolis was a little excessive but I don't want to speak about that, it can happen. The point is that for him it was OK so if I want to do it I can do it.

There's a good and friendly relationship between him and me in the pits.

Crash.net:
Does the very high performance of the Bridgestone tyres prevent close competition?

Andrea Dovizioso:
No, I don't think that's right. There are many reasons why this happens, all the electronics we use is another. The Bridgestones are the best tyre in the world and keep a good lap time from the beginning to the end, not every rider can keep that pace over a race distance though so it's not only the tyre.

The show for some people is riders battling though, sometimes over the limit. How our speed looks is subjective.

Crash.net:
So for you the interesting thing in racing is the development and technically chasing the perfect lap?

Andrea Dovizioso:
MotoGP is like this because the manufacturers push so hard to improve the bike, the bikes become so strong and many riders in MotoGP are able to keep that strong consistent pace to the end of a race.

What riders would like is to have less electronic systems because the electronics are really excessive and you really can't ride in a normal way. We've got the electronics for safety but they aren't so good when you want to ride in a normal way to battle with other riders. Basically there is too much electronics for battling but they're good for safety.

Crash.net:
It doesn't sound as if you like the current electronic level then?

Andrea Dovizioso:
No, nobody amongst the riders likes it. To have some electronics is fine but not like now. I think we've got them for safety and because manufacturers might want to put them in their street bike.

Crash.net:
You seem to be a very modest and quiet rider, do you enjoy doing the publicity side of things?

Andrea Dovizioso:
It's not so easy for me for sure. Things have changed a lot, everybody wants pictures and autographs, it's not a relaxed world in the MotoGP paddock. It's not a side of racing which is natural too me.

What I want is to race the motorbike but now you have to do so many things, it's not like in the past. I want to spend time with fans and I like it, but it's not possible to spend so much time with them because we are so busy working on the bike.

Crash.net:
Thanks for that Andrea.

Andrea Dovizioso:
No problems



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TalentFan

September 29, 2013 3:39 PM

Dovi DID give us something. Something big. Don't you READ? The riders don't like the level of electronic intervention as it actually prevents them from riding in a normal way. Which is bad for the battle. THAT IS A HUGE STATEMENT. Some of us on here have been calling for the tech to be curbed for his very reason while others say the tech is what makes MotoGP the pinnacle. NO - it's the best riders in the world that make a series the best. Note also that Pedrosa got pinged to the Clinica Mobile as he relied on tech broken by contact instead of his own feeling.



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