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Valencia MotoGP Test: Dovizioso 'I’d give this season nine out of ten'

“If I see my season from what we did last year and what we get this year and how we manage the season I think nine" - Andrea Dovizioso.
Andrea Dovizioso finished the season in a positive frame of mind, stating that he and the Ducati factory team can be proud of their performance in the 2014 MotoGP class.

The Italian ended the season with a battling top four finish, 2.7 seconds from the podium, having stood on the rostrum twice this season to cement fifth place in the final championship standings.

When asked how he would rate his season out of ten he said, “If I see my season from what we did last year and what we get this year and how we manage the season I think nine. With the bike we had last year and the level we manage this year I think we have to be really happy. We are not so far now from the podium. We saw that if we make a step up from that I think we will be very close.”

Dovizioso had limited technical options to test on Monday afternoon and, knowing that Ducati's all-new GP15 won't be ready until Sepang in February, was content to limit the testing to one day.

“Today [Monday] we tested something with the map and electronics,” he said. “To try and organise the electronics is good. We didn't really have something special to try. We have a few things to try but tomorrow will be no testing because there is no reason to just run.

"We have to wait to get the new bike next year. It will be in Sepang. I'm so excited to try because I really believe in this project. But you never know because you never know it the level so I think we can make a really good winter. We have to be excited about this season and I hope this is only the start for the future.

"There is no reason [to continue testing], especially when you have a new project for next year. The base will be different, the engine [too]. It's a big difference. In any case I don't agree that you just do riding.”

When asked where he believes the Ducati needs to improve most Dovizioso was unequivocal. “The most important thing is the turning. I believe it is our biggest limit. I believe that when you don't have a bike that can turn in a normal way then in other ways you have the big limits. But this is two years that I always say the same.”

The Factory Ducati team will take part in one last (private) test at the end of November before the winter break.

Tagged as: Ducati , Andrea Dovizioso

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November 11, 2014 2:20 PM

Codger: grantrd....Dovi is putting in times that are quicker than Rossi and Stoner managed when they were Ducati riders, so something has improved.
No doubt things have improved year after year, the problem is the rate of improvement compared to their rivals. Time wise, they were around 2 years behind Honda and Yamaha.With the extra engines, and extra testing, they have closed the gap considerably in the last year. Without the little extras, i doubt they would have ever caught up.


November 11, 2014 12:06 PM

Disappointing that they have no new parts to test, but if the new bike is such a redesign, then there may not be any point. I hope they get this new one right. We need more than Honda and Yamaha, and Suzuki and Aprilia will take time to develop.

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