With four MotoGP podium finishes and then victory at Sepang, it has been a good year so far for Ducati’s Andrea Dovizoso, and with the upcoming Valencia tests where he will be joined by new team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, the Italian is already looking towards 2017.
There is, of course, the small matter of the series finale to get out of the way before Dovizioso gets his hands on next year’s Desmosedici but he doesn’t think another win is on the way as happened in Sepang as the Ricardo Tormo track is not a good one for the Borgo Panigale factory.
“The victory arrived in the right time on the perfect venue. We have suffered and worked so much in the last four years that it was an incredible personal satisfaction. I cried in the helmet for the whole last lap. It was very emotional,” said Dovizoso at the Milan Show.
“There is still a race to the end, this weekend in Valencia, and then on Tuesday the 2017 season kicks off. There are many new things to test and then Lorenzo will join us. His arrival will represent an advantage for us because it will give an extra boost to Ducati. The engineers will put even more effort to improve the package in all the details. He is a three time world champion and he will want to win no matter what.”
How is Jorge Lorenzo?
“I have never worked with him. He has always been my rival. He is a rider who likes the corner speed and also for this reason we need to work.”
What do you think Ducati need to change on the bike to make it as user-friendly as possible for Lorenzo?
“It’s a difficult question and we need to ask Lorenzo, but I think he will ask what I also want: to make the bike turn better.”
Do you think Ducati can fight for the title in 2017?
“Everything is possible. Look at what Marc Marquez did this season. Something is missing but we are close and then it’s also up to us riders. This year we were on the podium the first race, then we had some bad luck and I didn’t finish the race. It was a pity considered the good start in Qatar. We could have done better. But all in all I think that this year I have been more competitive. Our mission is not finished. We aim at fighting for the championship.”