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Dovizioso hoping for more.

With just one more test remaining before the start of the 2009 MotoGP season, Andrea Dovizioso remains concerned about several aspects of his new Repsol Honda.

The Italian, now steering development of the RC212V following Dani Pedrosa's Qatar accident, finished the night test just eighth fastest and 1.7sec behind Ducati's Casey Stoner.

''We have some small problems, it's true” said the former 125cc world champion, during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Mainly with stability at the rear and the power delivery of the engine. We also need to find more grip. We are slow on corner entry and in the cold and damp conditions at Qatar the motorcycle slid a lot.”

Dovizioso, who took one podium on his way to fifth place as a rookie in the 2008 MotoGP championship for JiR Team Scot, is now waiting for Honda to respond. However, Pedrosa's desire to avoid big changes to this year's RCV could influence the technical modifications.

''I am waiting for a more competitive package: I do not know how much will depend on Pedrosa and how much on Honda,” he said. “From what I understand, he [Pedrosa] does not want big changes.”

“I am happy with the improvements we have received [so far from Honda], but they are slow,” Dovizioso added. “It is necessary to be more reactive.”

Pedrosa and manager Alberto Puig had a somewhat 'frosty' relationship with the Spaniard's previous Repsol team-mate, Nicky Hayden, and Andrea indicated he currently has little contact with the six-time MotoGP race winner.

“We do not exchange information, but we each have access to all the data,” he said.

The final 2009 pre-season MotoGP test takes place at Jerez from March 28-29, although Pedrosa - recovering from knee and forearm surgery - is unlikely to be present.

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Majesty Trials

March 11, 2009 8:34 PM

If you never display emotion you are a robot, yet if you voice an opinion you are a moaner. Tough audience to please. Dovi seems one of the quieter/honest guys there and I would have thought he'd be good for podiums and the odd race win this year. I'm still backing Elias right enough

Fitzzzgerald - Unregistered

March 11, 2009 4:35 PM

I don't think Dovi is making excuses, he's just being vocal about the fact that he doesn't think the bike is fast enough yet. Pedrosa asked that Honda not make a new bike for this year so that he could work on the same bike but that could prove to be a grave mistake. All of the other manufacturers have created newer and better machines in the mean time and they very well could leave Honda behind. I suspect Dani has been thinking that all he needed was the Bridgestones to be competitive. I think Dovi needs to assert himself and push for the changes that he needs to win. Allowing the bike development to be lead by Dani could lead to a poor year for both of them.

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