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Dovizioso clear on Ducati gains, weakness

“Now I have to do a strange line with this bike in the corners. I can't do the line I want. What we need is an improvement of turning, then I can change the line to what I think is the best line to ride faster,” he said.

“This best line is from what Bridgestone request and what I have learnt in the last two years about the tyres. That is what we need to close the gap further. The MotoGP tyres we have today, we have to keep as little time on maximum lean angle as we can.”

Dovizioso also got to try the experimental laboratory bike of test rider Michele Pirro, featuring a new frame. The changes present on that all-black machine didn't seem to help the mid-corner characteristics, but did improve braking and entry another notch.

“I couldn't make a better lap time because the riding position and engine spec was not the same as my bike. But the main thing was to understand if the differences on the lab bike worked or not, and it was positive,” said Dovizioso.

“The last part of braking and entry was better. It helped me to enter the corner easier. A small but positive difference. This is important to keep the direction for the future.”

The GP13 currently has only minor difference relative to last year's GP12, with the introduction of major developments not due until several races into the new season.

With Ducati opting to skip this week's private Austin test, Dovizioso will next be on track for the third and final official test at Jerez from March 23-25.

“I'm really interested to go to Jerez [test] and Qatar [race] because they are completely different tracks and these can give me a clear situation of this bike,” said Dovizioso.

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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 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


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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