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Dovizioso clear on Ducati gains, weakness

“I'm really happy about how much we improved with the same bike” – Andrea Dovizioso.
Having left the first Sepang MotoGP test feeling 'every area of the bike' needed improving, new factory Ducati recruit Andrea Dovizioso made a significant step - and confirmed the big unsolved issue - during the second visit.

Over two seconds off the pace meant there was plenty to gain after the early February test, but track conditions were also slower for Sepang II, illustrated by Dani Pedrosa's first test best standing unbeaten.

It was against that backdrop that Dovizioso found 0.627s - and team-mate Nicky Hayden 0.332s - relative to the fastest lap time, promoting the pair to eighth (Dovizioso) and ninth (Hayden) on the final Sepang II timesheet.

“In this moment we don't have the possibility to fight with Hondas and Yamahas at the top, this is the reality. Everybody can see,” said Dovizioso. “But we knew that and it is not a surprise.

“These six days in Malaysia were so good, mainly Sepang II, because we tried many set-ups and gave a lot of feedback for the engineers. I'm really happy about how much we improved with the same bike.”

Dovizioso was still +1.368s from Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, but on the final day he had got to within 1.068s of the top. “The lap time is quite good,” said Dovizioso. “I did my best lap one and a half hours before anyone else. For the track conditions I think it was quite fast.”

Frame components, a new fuel tank - which changed the weight distribution - plus electronic 'strategies' contributed to the progress. However the Desmosedici's main weakness remains its tendency to understeer in the centre of the corners.

“We improved the set-up so that I could brake harder and enter the corner faster,” Dovizioso said. “Still in the middle of the corner we are quite slow, so that is where we need to improve.

“The bike doesn’t turn. It wants to go straight. So I can't make higher speed in the middle of the corner because I can't keep the line.”

Pressed further, Dovizioso explained the exact difficulties the understeer causes in terms of lap time.




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TheTruth - Unregistered

March 12, 2013 7:28 AM

Delit Ronio. Enough with Stoner. Stoner got the championship with Ducati because he is fast but also because the bike was developed by Capirossi. After Capirossi left nobody could take another one with Ducati not even Stoner himself. In 2011 Pedrosa was first in the championship until he collided with the late Simoncelli(which I will always miss to see in MotoGP). In 2012 Stoner was defeated by Pedrosa. Please do not tell me it was because he was injured. Pedrosa gets injured since 2006 with the MotoGP beasts and he does not give up. and he does not moan! He fights with his size, his bike and the rest of the riders. Enough with these 'Stoner is the best' bs. They are all fighters. gladiators. Learn to appreciate the sport and all the riders and don't let emotions blind you. Be logical...be HUMAN!!! love the sport.appreciate the risks these people take for you to sit back and enjoy what it's called MotoGP. and one more advice: Always remember Laguna Seca with Rossi and Stoner...what a

ph3nom

March 12, 2013 9:25 AM

@the truth, while I don't agree fully with Delit Ronio's statements I also don't agree with yours. You can use Pedrosa's injury in 2011 to defend why he didn't win the championship yet the same injury scenarios prevents Stoner from winning in 2012 and it's not a valid reason. Double standards??? Capirossi was so good, how many championships and races did he win on the Ducati again??? Also everyone in Rossi's corner always talks of Laguna '08 but then quickly forgets Phillip Island '09, Rossi on a far superior bike couldn't get anywhere near a Slithering, sliding Stoner on the POS Ducati. Yes Stoner jumped shi to Honda and gets flack for it from every other forum troll yet Rossi does the same and he is a riding God because he knows when it's a lost cause. Yellow pantied brigade are full of double standards, even when Stoner leaves he gets under your skin. Say alot of his talent and Rossi supporters maturity..........



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