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Dovizioso: This is just the start

"If we compare with the other riders there is a gap, but the difference in kilometres on the bike is also big" - Andrea Dovizioso.
New factory Ducati signing Andrea Dovizioso insisted he was not overly concerned by the 2.3s gap to the top during day one of testing at Sepang in Malaysia.

The Italian, taking over from compatriot Valentino Rossi, stressed that it was basically his debut on the Desmosedici - after bad weather at Valencia and missing a private Jerez test - and therefore the deficit to Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) wasn't a surprise.

“This is like the first day for me at Ducati. Just the start. If we compare with the other riders there is a gap, but the difference in kilometres on the bike is also big,” said Dovizioso.

“Dani and Lorenzo have the same bike as last year. They arrive here in the same situation and they are still very fast.”

Dovizioso confirmed that riding the Desmosedici is 'completely different' to the M1, but added that he faced a similar adjustment when he switched from Honda to Yamaha.

“There is a big difference between riding the Ducati and Yamaha here, just like when I swapped from Honda to Yamaha. Every bike is completely different,” he said.

“We don't have a lot of new parts here - [first] you have to understand if you can improve the situation with the set-up. If you can't then you must look to change something on the bike.”

One problem that already looks to have been cured is the neck strain that forced Dovizioso to sit-out Ducati's November test.

“On the bike [the neck] is perfect, so I'm happy about that. I had some injections and, with my collarbone, I took out the plate and everything is fine. I tested it with motocross at home before I came here!”




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Madmax - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 10:05 AM

Ah jez its started already excuses , its pretty simple crap bike ! Bring back suzuki or kawasaki imho at least then my might have a proper championship not just 4 bikes

Vilas

February 06, 2013 1:38 PM

I Feel for Dovi, but i think that he also dont have any better option to select if he whanted to ride one prototipe, He allready ride to Honda so go to Gresini 4sure he dont whanted, he Try Yamaha but the Teams where allready planed, so Ducati was is last chance!! I think one thingh that at least can let Dovi a little more calm is that now everybody understand how bad Ducati is and people will not criticised Dovi to much.. And this is still the Old Ducati, Audi had plans with Suter to build a chassi and after this results aim shure that they will whant to try Suter Chassi!! I Dunno how its gona be but one rider allways have to keep the Hope right there i mean after all Ducati is a Factory Team..



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