After a tough time the San Marino Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso isn't sure what to expect from this weekend's Aragon round.

The Ducati rider won his home Misano race last year, but could only salvage sixth from Sunday's race.

"I don’t know [what to expect at Aragon] because every time it's different," Dovizioso said. It's affected a lot by the tyres we have, with the grip level of the track and the temperature.

"As we could see at Misano, each race is a world unto itself and everything can change from one year to another, but we will try and be fast to get in amongst the leading positions throughout the weekend.

Dovizioso claimed his first Aragon podium since 2012 with a runner-up finish in last year's race.

“Motorland is one of the most unusual tracks in the calendar. In the past I had never really scored any good results, but last year we were very competitive, so we arrive at the race weekend with this memory and this mentality," he said.

Dovizioso remains second in the world championship, slipping 93 points from Marc Marquez but moving 31 points clear of team-mate Danilo Petrucci.

Petrucci, the only rider to score points in every race this season, finished just tenth at Misano, meaning he has now been off the rostrum since Catalunya in June.

“I really like the Alcañiz circuit, even though for a variety of reasons I have never scored any good results here. I hope the time has come to change all that and overturn the trend of the last few races," he said.

"At Silverstone and Misano I was quicker in the race than during practice, so from now on I have to constantly improve during the weekend to start up at the front on the Sunday.

"The team is doing a great job, but we must make a further step forward to tackle the final part of the season in a positive way and defend third place in the standings, which at this moment is my main target.”

Suzuki's Alex Rins is two points behind Petrucci in the standings.

 

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