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Dovi not intimidated by Rossi.

Rookie Andrea Dovizioso appeared a little star struck when he lined up alongside seven time world champion, and Italian legend, Valentino Rossi for a pre-season MotoGP photo shoot (pictured).

But the JiR Team Scot rider soon overcame any feelings of intimidation by overtaking the Fiat Yamaha superstar for fourth place during the closing stages of his MotoGP debut at Qatar - and Dovi claims he is now comfortable racing against the second most successful rider in 500cc/MotoGP history.

"Before this year it was a dream to fight with Valentino, but now I am in the same class and I want to beat him," Dovizioso told Crash.net.

"It is very difficult because he has the best talent, but I beat him in my first race and finished very near to him at Barcelona.

"It is very very nice to fight with Valentino, but also with Stoner and Pedrosa," he added.

After eleven rounds, Dovizioso is the highest placed satellite rider in the MotoGP World Championship standings, holding fifth place with a best race finish of fourth (three times).

The former 125cc world champion and 250cc title contender has his sights set on securing a factory Honda ride for 2009.

Rossi currently leads the title chase by 25 points from reigning champion Casey Stoner.


Related Pictures

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Andrea Dovizioso, Jerez MotoGP tests, February 2008
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Dovizioso, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Dovizioso, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Dovizioso, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Dovizioso, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Dovizioso, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Dovizioso, Stoner, Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Crutchlow, Dovizioso, Stoner, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Crutchlow, Dovizioso, Dall`Igna, Stoner, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Dovizioso, Valencia MotoGP 2016

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Jon M - Unregistered

August 06, 2008 9:31 AM

Slow dow, my Rossi loving chums!!! Dovi is not being aggressive or derogatory towards Valentino, nor any other rider in the pit lane. He's having a great season, and really deserves the HRC ride next year (unless they do the magical swap of Nicky for Marco). At the beginning of the season I tipped Dovi and de Angelis to make waves, and whilst Alex de Angelis is doing enough to keep his seat, he isn't wowing anyone. Good luck to Dovi- he's the next generation of Moto GP st*****

The Morgue

August 06, 2008 8:58 AM

Dovi is a great talent and I wish him all the best in MotoGP. A nice lad that shows respect to other riders. He deserves a better ride than he's had the last couple of seasons but things will come his way.



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