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Dovizioso pushing for more podiums

“So we are fast, but this is not enough. Lorenzo is using more of the potential of the bike, so it means we can do better” – Andrea Dovizioso.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Andrea Dovizioso is the only satellite rider to have finished on the MotoGP podium this season - and has done so twice in the last three races.

“The last three races we've been quite fast,” he said. “We did our first podium in Barcelona, we had the possibility to fight for the podium in Silverstone but I crashed, and then we got the podium again in Assen.”

But the Italian is far from satisfied.

“We are fast, but this is not enough. As you can see, Lorenzo is using more of the potential of the bike, so it means we can do better,” he explained. “This is our target and my feeling with the bike improves every time.”

Dovizioso also refused to used his machinery specification as an excuse.

“Our bike is really, really close to the factory bike. Yamaha gives us important support, so I think we have the possibility to stay with [the factory bikes]. The problem is they are really fast!” he smiled.

The former Repsol Honda grand prix winner has made no secret of his desire to return to factory status for 2013, despite settling in seamlessly with Tech 3 this year.

“[A factory ride] is the strategy of everybody,” he said. “My feeling with Tech 3 is really great, but everybody has to be in a factory team to fight for the championship. This is the target. All I can do is get the results, get on the podium.

“This track has been difficult for me, but last year improved and I'm really interested to see how the Yamaha will be here and then after it's my home race at Mugello…”

Dovizioso starts this weekend fifth in the championship and just one point behind team-mate Cal Crutchlow, despite his Silverstone non-score.

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King Kenny - Unregistered

July 05, 2012 10:51 PM

Dovi is my personal bet to join Lorenzo at Yamaha Factory next season. Average??? Dovi has consistently been the best rider outside of the aliens for several seasons, finishing 3rd in the Championship last year. On the Yamaha, which is a bike I always thought was a better fit for him, he'll be better. He was injured during preseason, and is getting better with every race. On a works M1 I can see him as a podium regular. Average...

Vilas - Unregistered

July 05, 2012 9:26 PM

One rider wiser..!! Champion is all about having the best tools wish are provied by factorys.. He is going great at Monster no doubt the best satelite Team ever.. But he deserve the factory at yamaha, this bike just suit him.. Go Dovi you also deserve one world Champion

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