24 September 2013
Aragon MotoGP: 200th GP for Andrea Dovizioso
"I'm really happy to have reached this milestone but it also means that I'm becoming quite old!" - Andrea Dovizioso.
This weekend's Aragon MotoGP will mark the 200th Grand Prix for Andrea Dovizioso.
After a wild-card entry in 2001, Dovizioso joined the 125cc class full time the following year, lifting the title in 2004.
A double title runner-up in 250cc, the Italian reached MotoGP in 2008, claiming his first - and so far only - premier-class win in 2009 at Repsol Honda.
Dovizioso scored one of his six Tech 3 Yamaha rostrums at Aragon last year and will be making his Ducati debut at the circuit this weekend. Ducati, unlike Honda and Yamaha, did not attend a test held at the circuit in June.
“I really didn't know that I will reach the milestone of 200 GPs at Aragón!” he said. “It's really nice to do a lot of races in the world championship, and it's something really important for the rider.
“When I was young, for me it was impossible to think about being a part of the world championship, so I'm really happy to have reached this milestone but it also means that I'm becoming quite old!”
Dovizioso, 27, is currently eighth in the world championship with a best Desmosedici finish of fourth.
“I don't know if Aragón will suit us better than Misano. For me this year it's always new and at every track the Ducati works in a different way. I don't know what we can expect but normally Aragón is quite a good race for Ducati.”
Team-mate Nicky Hayden was one of two Ducatis on the podium in the inaugural 2010 Aragon event, won by Casey Stoner.
“Aragón is definitely quite a bit different from Misano, the last track we raced at, as it goes left and has some elevation changes,” sad Hayden, who was flipped over a fence during a dramatic exit from last year's race.
“It's a fun track that has some nice corners, although it has gotten pretty bumpy since the first year we went there and had great results with the Ducati, which hasn't helped us. It's a track I enjoy, but we know that it's not going to be an easy race for us.
“Still, I'm looking forward to going there. We'll try to start the weekend strong and see if we can do something better than we have at the last few races.”
Hayden, tipped to join Aprilia for 2014, is currently nine points behind Dovizioso.
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