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Dovi: ‘Good for Ducati, really good for me’

“I think it's a good track for Ducati, and it's a really good track for me” - Andrea Dovizioso.
Factory Ducati MotoGP racers Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden will be hoping that the braking characteristics of the Desmosedici can play into their hands during this weekend's French Grand Prix.

Following the Spanish MotoGP, both riders tested the development 'lab' version of the Desmosedici at the Jerez test, then put in more laps on their present machines during a private outing at Mugello.

It will be the standard machines that both continue to use this weekend at Le Mans - a stop-go circuit where former Ducati rider Valentino Rossi finished on the rostrum for the past two seasons.

Those results, plus Dovizioso's own Le Mans form - twice a podium finisher for Honda - mean he is confident of their chances. Dovizioso and Hayden have taken a best result of seventh so far this year.

“The conditions at Le Mans are always tricky, in part because it's typically raining!” said Dovizioso. “Still, I think it's a good track for Ducati, and it's a really good track for me.

“That being the case, we should go there with confidence and see if we can understand a little bit about where we can improve, although for the moment, we still shouldn't think too much about the result.”

While Hayden is no fan of the Le Mans layout, he is also hopeful of a respectable performance, particularly if his still-recovering right wrist is in better condition than in Spain.

“Honestly, I've struggled at Le Mans, but one of the keys to the track is hard braking, which is a strong point of the Desmosedici,” confirmed Hayden. “My wrist has improved since Jerez, and although it's still not perfect, I expect to have less pain in France. Hopefully we can have some fun and do a good race.”

2006 world champion Hayden is yet to claim a podium finish at Le Mans.

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May 15, 2013 10:07 AM

LMAO!!! Great post!!! I can just hear Lorenzo telling the engineers "It brakes too hard, and I'm slowing down too quickly. Can you back it off? Or at least make it less stable..." ...and then... "It's also too powerful, only Valentino Rossi can cope with power like that!" As for Ducati, the bike has barely changed from last season. The effect of Valentino Rossi on Ducati was to instantly slip out nearly 2 (TWO) seconds a lap. He still doesn't know how Stoner could get those lap times on it. The Ducati has a very powerful motor, and great braking. Unfortunately, it understeers something cruel. So, did your boy fix that? If he didn't, he had no effect on progressing Ducati. It was a mid-pack runner for anyone except Stoner. It was a mid-pack runner with Rossi, and post Rossi. But you're off the hook anyway, because riders don't develop bikes. They just don't.

hrc2627 - Unregistered

May 15, 2013 1:59 PM

I must say things are looking better at Ducati evolution not revolution from now on tue twin spar will work you just gotta make it work. Come on ge over the Rossi, Stoner debate, lets settle it Stoner is a balls to the wall win it or bin it fastest rider we may see for many a year, Rossi best racecraft of any rider for many a year. Get over it theyve both pushed GP machinery better than anyone else in their own times. Marquez is the new breed that is kinda a hybrid of both will he better than either one cause thier his bench marks at tye moment. Ducati hopefully a top 5 this weekend have a feeling that crazy Joe could be the best duc rider by the end of the season not in points but in ability.

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