With Ducati still searching for around 20 seconds of race pace to challenge the MotoGP leaders, and the new Gigi Dall'Igna designed bike not available until February, what was the main factor in Andrea Dovizioso's decision to re-sign?

"The reason why I decided to believe in this project [next year] is how Gigi has worked from the beginning of the season until now," said the Italian at Silverstone on Thursday.

"How much he improved the bike, I didn't expect it. But especially his approach. In a logical way. I love people working in that way. Because if you work in a logical way you can understand everything. This was the reason why I believe."

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Does that mean that there was a lack of logic under the previous Ducati management?

"[Laughs] Well, last year we didn't improve during the season, so it means the work wasn't good enough!" he smiled.

Dovizioso arrives at Silverstone on the back of an encouraging private test at Misano.

"It was positive to be fast on a completely different track from Indianapolis and Brno. Misano is small and tight and confirmed out improvement in speed seen in the last two races and I expect to be competitive again here," he explained.

"About turning [understeer], nothing has changed. We've improved in every area, just a little bit, but if you put everything together you get a result. We are able to brake a little better, the feeling on entry is more controllable at the front and step-by-step on the electronics side. We are always working hard but every time it is a small step."

While Dovizioso stated there were no new parts at the Misano test, the intention being to prepare set-up for next month's race, there will be substantial Ducati developments for the following Aragon round in late September.

"I hope Aragon will be a bigger step. I don't know how big, but there is a different chassis and engine," said Dovizioso. "I hope it will be big enough to really reduce the gap to the lead.

"In practice we are close, but in the race we are quite far. Next year we want to fight at the front, but to reduce 17-20 seconds in a race is a lot. So I still expect Sepang [where the 2015 Ducati will debut in February] to be the biggest step."

Dovizioso starts this weekend holding fifth in the world championship and a healthy 33-points ahead of Aleix Espargaro )Forward Yamaha), whose younger brother Pol (Tech 3 Yamaha) is seven points further back.

"Our target for the championship is to try to manage the Espargaros!" said Dovizioso, who has claimed two podiums this year.

Andrea Iannone will ride alongside Dovizioso at Ducati next season, replacing Cal Crutchlow.


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Dovi is one of the most intelligent riders on the grid.
Interesting that he chose to stay with Ducati when Cal jumped ship.