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MotoGP Q&A - Andrea Dovizioso

“We aren't fast enough with Ducati yet, but I'm still the fastest rider on the Ducati” - Andrea Dovizioso.
A quick Q&A with factory Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso, conducted at Assen, scene of the Italian's best-yet second place finish on the Desmosedici.

Dovizioso recently signed a new two-year contract to remain at Ducati for the 2015 and 2016 seasons...
Andrea, it's ten years since you won your 125cc world title, how do you feel that your career has evolved and how you've changed since then?

Andrea Dovizioso:
You always want more and it's normal to want more than you have, so I don't have to be happy with my results. I'm one of the best riders but for sure I wanted to win more than I have done.

When you win a world championship you expect to win more but it didn't happen for me. For many years I fought for the championship especially in 250s. When you look at Valentino or Marquez or Lorenzo or Dani they've won more so I'm not happy with that but I'm not so far from them and I've always fought with them.

It depends on which way you want to see your career. In one way I'm not happy but in another I realised my dreams so I have to be happy - but I don't think that it's finished. At the moment we are struggling but I think that in my mind it doesn't mean that we can't win the championship in the future.

I don't know how likely that is because I'm always realistic, but I believe that I have the characteristics to be able to fight and win a MotoGP championship.
You were up against Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo for the 250cc championship, finishing second twice, and third in the other season. When you look back at your time in 250s do you regret staying on the Honda?

Andrea Dovizioso:
It's a good question but there's no reason to say that I should have made a different decision. Maybe I should have, but I'm not the type of person to complain about a decision and I'm happy with the decisions that I made. I'm not the type of rider to complain that other riders had better bikes than me.
Did you stay with Honda in 250s to try and make sure that you would be able to move into MotoGP with Honda?

Andrea Dovizioso:
My goal was always to race in MotoGP. In the past it wasn't like this but even when I was in 125s every fast rider moved to the bigger classes and I always had in my mind the idea of going to MotoGP, especially when in 125s I realised that I was strong enough to be at that level of rider.
In MotoGP you raced for Scott Honda in your first year before going to Repsol Honda. What did you learn during your three years at Repsol Honda and how has it helped you develop?

Andrea Dovizioso:
At Repsol Honda it was the first time that I started to work properly with the Japanese engineers and they are completely different from European engineers. You have to change because your logical way is not their logical way, so you have to adapt and try and explain everything to get the result.

The experience was really important and that approach was why I could be fast on the Yamaha [at Tech in 2012] and also the Ducati. We aren't fast enough with Ducati yet, but I'm still the fastest rider on the Ducati.
Taking that 'Japanese' approach to Ducati, have you seen much progress at the team, especially since Gigi Dall'Igna joined?

Andrea Dovizioso:
Yes and no. My approach and experiences have made a big difference here but if you're behind there isn't the right people to understand what needs to be changed. There is always many things that come together to get good results.
You have a four old daughter, how did that change your perspective?

Andrea Dovizioso:
When you have a daughter your life changes completely and you can't leave just think about yourself and instead you have to think about her first. That was a big difference but I've also made better results since she was born and I'm really happy to be in this situation.

For everybody that has a child they know the feelings that you have for a daughter and I became more mature and had more motivation to be fast because I want to be a good father.

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July 24, 2014 11:47 AM

Dovi has proved throughout his entire career he will work extremely hard when he doesn't have the best machinery... 250's when he was on an inferior Honda to Lorenzo's Aprilia...GP when he was on the Scot Honda satellite machine...No.3 in the Repsol Squad, Tech 3 Yamaha and now Ducati. He just quietly goes about his business and gets on with it. Fully deserves that Ducati to be a winning machine next year.


July 24, 2014 3:02 PM

Just goes to show that if you have self-awareness and are realistic, life can be pretty good and go well in general. He realizes that not everyone can be at the very top, but also one must always try and work hard. Teams must love the fact that he complains so little and always is committed as a professional. Probably doesn't hurt that he isn't constantly wadding bikes up either. Go Dovi, fingers crossed that your work ethic and the evolution of the Ducati come together for success.

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