Andrea Dovizioso has made some strong steps with Ducati, fighting for the victory at Qatar and gunning for a top five championship position, the Italian is going slow and steady aboard the GP15.
|Dovizioso feels confident in Britain
Coming into one of his favourite circuits of Silverstone with a positive attitude, Dovizioso hopes for a good weekend. With a track that suits the character of his bike as well as his own riding style. British glory has found him before back in 2009 at Donington Park, and narrowly missing out on a podium here last year he needs a good result to get his season back on track.
Despite a good start the 29 year old has only managed a top six finish since his last podium at Le Mans back in May. “Our start was amazing, in the pre-season we set the fastest time the second test, and at Qatar we set the pole position and fought for the victory in the last corner. So we had a really good start, especially with the new bike.
But the situation we have now is quite normal because we have a completely new bike, so we still have to still understand everything about the new bike, whereas our competitors didn’t change anything with the bike in the past few years, they just try to improve the same bike.”
Clearly not worried by the sudden lack of pace with the Italian factory, Dovizioso understands the importance of developing the Desmosedici and it’s clear a good relationship with from Italy is helping the task in hand “The fans from Ducati are really strong as well as the people of Ducati. It’s easier because I arrive in Ducati not in a really good situation, not many riders did a really good result with them so it doesn’t give me too much pressure.”
Not only does the support from the factory help, but also mid-season testing has been able to improve Dovizioso’s confidence, which will be lost next year as the factory loses it’s concessions. Coming to Silverstone off the back of a test gives Dovizioso hope to improve over the weekend: “It was an important test for us because my feeling with the front like in Brno wasn’t really good, so we had to try some set up at Misano. But unfortunately the condition in the track weren’t really special because it rained for half the day but we went to Misano with a good feeling. We need that confirmed this weekend but I am confident.”
As announced back in June the Factory Ducati team will lose its concessions as of 2016 which means no mid-season testing, no softer tyres as well as extra fuel or engine development however the Italian isn’t worried about the effect it will have on himself and his team next season. “No we are not worried, that rule was very important for us so we can to come back in this manor. That was the reason they did that rule, to allow us to step up and sure we are still under and advantage at the weekend but I don’t think it make much of a difference.”
Riding for the legendary Italian factory since 2012, Dovizioso briefly mentioned his thoughts about a long term career with Ducati, something which if the relationship ended strongly could see him become an Italian legend. “You never know, you can’t think too long in this world, every year everything can change. I mean, why not but anything can happen.”
Finally in regards to his goals for the remainder of the season, he explained his realistic hopes, “Reduce the gap from the leader because we know we can’t fight for the championship, it is difficult to fight for the victory because our competitors now are really strong, to finish close to the fastest riders is our realistic target.”