Having hinted as much in pre-weekend comments, Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati were in good form as the 2014 Grand Prix of Italy in Mugello got underway with a top four time on day one.

Fast from the outset around its home circuit, Ducati finished the day withthree representatives inside the top eight, with Dovizioso in fourth place just behind countryman Andrea Iannone on the sister Pramac bike.

Despite this positive start, Dovizioso remains relatively cautious about Ducati's speed, pointing out that the conditions come race day are expected to be different.

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"This morning we started off quite well and set some good lap times. However we have to do some laps in different conditions because in the race we will probably find a track that is warmer than this morning, which will surely change the situation.

"Our start wasn't bad therefore, but we have to continue to work hard tomorrow. This afternoon on the other hand, the conditions weren't good enough to go out, it didn't make much sense to lap on a damp track."


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How nice would it be if the Ducati actually becomes competitive under Dovi? I'm convinced we've yet to see what he can do with a properly fast bike, and I'd be thrilled to see him lead the third factory charge.

I'm pleased that a few more take the trouble to post on his threads, maybe I haven't always been his only fan.[\blockquote]

I am a fan of Dovi since his 250ccGP days when he was the only one able to occasionally take the fight to Lorenzo

He is yet to use the new engine, today he used only the new brakes. According to his statements on GPone, the bigger disks left him with mixed feelings but he puts that down to the lower temperatures in the morning. Hopefully, on Saturday, with a fully upgraded bike, he will prove even faster in Quallis