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Dovizioso struggling with Ducati's MotoGP inconsistencies

Departing Ducati MotoGP number one Andrea Dovizioso was able to capitalise on series leader Fabio Quartararo’s poor run over two rounds at the Red Bull Ring but is very concerned about setup consistency with the GP20.

Dovizioso, who will leave the Bologna factory for pastures yet to be confirmed in 2021, is now only three points behind the Frenchman but it is not all roses in the garden.

“For me, the situation in the championship is good, but I mean when you have that feeling and you have a lot of ups and downs, you don’t have control of the situation,” said Dovizioso, speaking at the track..


“So, I don’t have a good feeling in this moment because I don’t feel we have the situation under control to push in some tracks. I don’t have the answer and I don’t like that.”

“Every race you can have a lot of ups and downs. This has never happened to me and us in the last four, five years, and I’m struggling with that and I’m very disappointed about that because nobody until now from the first round is consistent and I think it’s something unusual.”

Dovizioso won the first race two weekends ago with comparative ease but could only muster fifth on Sunday as he suffered tyre issues which have been taken up with Michelin.

“Well, in the first part of the race it was really bad, a really strange situation because we work a lot and we did a really very long run in the practice and everything worked very well, and I felt very good for the race.

“But from the first lap the tyre didn’t work in a normal way and lap by lap it became very bad. So, I’m pretty sure there was something, but we already spoke with Michelin, they will have to study.

“I was lucky because of the red flag, I was able to change the tyre and the soft worked in a normal way.

“Unfortunately I couldn’t overtake riders because I started third row and everybody went really fast, and when you are behind you are not able to brake in a normal way.

Here in Austria, it’s even bigger because when you brake there is only one line and with the slipstream and the temperature of the tyre it’s impossible to brake.

“My good point was the braking, but when you follow the riders you are not able to brake in the place you want.

“And I’m still struggling one the exit, on the exit I’m still bad and it’s the reason I can’t prepare the overtake because I couldn’t exit with the same speed as the rider in front of me.”

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