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Valencia MotoGP Test: Dovizioso 15th fastest but 'satisfied overall'

'It was an important test because we had to get a good idea of how the new Michelin tyres behave, and that's the most important thing at the moment' - Andrea Dovizioso.
Andrea Dovizioso had no major complaints as the factory Ducati rider concluded the two-day MotoGP test at Valencia in Spain where he tried the new control ECU for the first time on Wednesday.

Dovizioso and team-mate Andrea Iannone tested the new software towards the end of the final day at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

A fastest time of 1m 31.967s placed Dovizioso 15th on the time sheets and although he was some way down the order – 0.9 seconds behind pacesetter Marc Marquez – the Italian was satisfied overall as he continues to evaluate the new ECU/Michelin tyres combination for 2016.

“It was an important test because we had to get a good idea of how the new Michelin tyres behave, and that's the most important thing at the moment in order to be able to go strongly,” he said.

“In these two days we have worked a lot and I believe that we have managed to give important feedback for the development.

“Towards the end of the day I also used the new software, which is a bit different from what we were used to, but all things considered I felt OK and I am happy with the way things went.”

Dovizioso will have another one-day test alongside Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro at Jerez on November 27, although Iannone will miss out as he will be recuperating from a shoulder operation scheduled for Tuesday, November 17.

The two-month test ban comes into effect from December 1 and runs until January 31.



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PunkySic

November 12, 2015 4:37 PM

I think Dovi is struggling with confidence right now, the tyres didn't favour him in the second half of the season and Joe came on really strong. 2016 is going to be a crucial year for him, he's a god guy and a great rider, so let's hope he has a good year.



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