There’s no more time to waste, and Andrea Dovizioso knows it well. A first place in the World Championship after seven races is an unexpected and not entirely deserved gift. However, with four riders in just as many points, that position is not at all safe, unless the rider from Forlì changes direction.
A continuity in results is not enough. They need to fight at least for the podium again, which Dovi has not been able to do since his victory in Austria. The two Misano races have been archived without a great deal of satisfaction, and now we’re looking forward to Barcelona.
A circuit where Ducati has always done well. In 2017, Andrea won there, while the following year Lorenzo triumphed.
“Unfortunately, we weren’t competitive enough in the last two GPs,” Dovizioso admitted. “But let’s try and see the positive side of the two Misano races. We’re leading the championship, even if the battle is still open. We still lack speed, and to be able to fight for the title, we can’t waste any more time.”
So, the Barcelona GP is an opportunity not to be missed.
“We’ll have to adapt to the Montmeló asphalt, which will certainly have less grip than the Misano one, and this could prove to be a determining factor for everyone. I’m sure that if we continue to work as we have done these past few weeks, better results will come soon,” is what Andrea is hoping for.
Danilo Petrucci: “On the podium last year in Barcelona, I’m not giving up”
A sentiment that is also shared on the other side of the garage. This last season is also proving to be the worst for Danilo Petrucci. His difficulties are even greater than those of his teammate’s.
“After two really difficult Grands Prixs, we’re back in the race on a circuit where I managed to get on the podium last year,” the rider from Terni recalls. “The season is certainly not going as we hoped, but we’re not giving up. In Montmelò, we’ll try to improve our tenth place from Misano, but the conditions we’ll encounter will be very different. The asphalt and the temperatures could prove decisive for our performance. The key will be knowing how to interpret these two factors well.”