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Dovizioso fully focused as Honda exit looms
12 October 2011
Andrea Dovizioso says he is focused on the final three rounds of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship as he looks to bring his lengthy tenure as a Honda rider to a satisfying conclusion.
The Italian, who made his GP debut as a 125cc rider in 2002, has competed for Honda for a decade but will switch allegiance to Yamaha in 2012 following the confirmation that he will join Tech 3.
Currently third in the MotoGP standings, albeit just a single point ahead of in-form Repsol team-mate Dani Pedrosa, Dovizioso insists he will strive for the best results possible in Australia, Malaysia and Spain, even if he concedes Phillip Island hasn't been kind to him in the past.
"Phillip Island is a nice circuit set in a unique location. Last year the race was not as we expected as I had a technical problem that prevented me to fight for the podium. My target this time is to return on the podium and gain some points in order to retain the third position in the Championship. Phillip Island is a demanding track and in the past I have struggled quiet a lot.
“The real issue is with the weather, the strong winds, rain and cold temperatures have often complicated the race. From a technical point of view the Australian track requires an aggressive riding style and an ability to make the bike turn whilst sliding. This is a very spectacular place, the setting by the ocean makes it special and the many fans are truly passionate.
“After the race weekend we had in Japan I'm looking forward to the Australian GP. Since my debut in the GPs in 2002 I have raced with Honda my whole career, for next year i have decided to take another challenge. But this is for 2012, now I'm focused on these last three remaining GPs. I want to have some spectacular races and score good results for Honda, my team and all my fans.”