Perhaps not even Andrea Dovizioso himself, seven days ago, would have bet on a podium finish at Jerez. Those Spanish Steps had always been taboo for him, but not this time, all this despite having just recovered from a shoulder operation. A good start to the championship on what is perhaps the toughest track for Dovi on the entire calendar.
Now the aim is to repeat the result in the second race on the Spanish circuit. Easy to say, but complicated to do, because a lot of riders will want to make amends or confirm their form this Sunday.
"After such an intense race weekend, I took advantage of these days to continue my rehabilitation after the collarbone surgery. Last Sunday's result was good, and we managed to get positive feedback from the first Grand Prix of the year. We arrive ready at the second race and, above all, knowing better the aspects that we will have to improve to get more speed. It will be important to continue the work in this way, continuing to accumulate the maximum points without making mistakes. Temperatures will once again be very high, and the race will be physically tough. I want to wish Marc, Alex and Cal a speedy recovery. I hope to see them again on the track soon."
Danilo Petrucci: “I know we have the potential to fight for the positions that count”
Danilo Petrucci is certainly one of those riders who will have to make up for a bad race. The man from Terni had crashed on oil during Wednesday's tests and his neck and shoulder troubles began from there. As if that were not enough, he also had stomach problems on Sunday.
"I can't wait to race again in Jerez. After the last two days of rest, I feel much better: I managed to solve the stomach issues and also my neck muscle is fine. I know we have the potential to fight for the positions that count: Dovizioso, Miller and Bagnaia have shown that, so my goal for this race will be to stay in the top five. Although it is not an ideal track for our bike, I am sure that without physical problems I will be able to improve my performance. I also hope that Marc, Alex and Cal can recover well from their injuries and get back on track very soon."