Andrea Dovizioso is confident this weekend’s 15th round of the MotoGP World Championship at Motegi in Japan presents a huge opportunity to return to the podium.

The factory Ducati rider is 16 points behind Marc Marquez in the title race, who sealed back-to-back victories in the previous two rounds at Misano and Aragon to establish a cushion at the top.

Dovizioso could only finish seventh at Aragon, but the Italian rider has much higher expectations at the Twin Ring circuit this weekend, where he finished as the runner-up in 2016.

“Motegi is a special circuit, one of my favourites, because you have to brake very hard and I feel sure that we can be up amongst the frontrunners once again on this track,” he said.

“I’m pretty confident because I’ve always scored good results here in MotoGP, twice taking pole and finishing second last year. The next four races will be vitally important in the battle for the title and we’re ready to fight things out right until the very end.”

Dovizioso has finished on the rostrum at Motegi in the 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP classes, claiming a victory in 2004 in the 125 championship. Additionally, two of the five pole positions he has achieved in the premier class have been attained at the legendary Japanese circuit.


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