Andrea Dovizioso came away from Aragon with the clear feeling that the World Championship title had now slipped from his fingers. Not necessarily for arithmetical reasons (28 points can be made up in 3 races) but for his speed on the track, which is proving not to be on a par with that of the other challengers.
On Friday, the final triple-header of the season will begin in Valencia, but for him it will also be the last Grand Prix races on the Ducati. His dream of saying goodbye with the number 1 on the fairing is still possible, but looking increasingly difficult to realize.
The circuit named after Ricardo Tormo, for the man from Forlì, brings to mind the victory in 2018 in the wet, but that has also been the only podium achieved on the red Italian bike at the Spanish track, even though last year he did finish 4th.
There is no time for calculations and Andrea's only task is to do his utmost to remain clinging to his last chances for the world championship.
“The two races at MotorLand Aragón were tough for us – said Dovizioso – we struggled a lot, and of course we didn’t get the results we were expecting. After a week off, we return to the track with more motivation; there are only three races left in the Championship, and we know that everything can still happen. This year, each Grand Prix has its own story. I still have three races with Ducati and, as always, I will try all my best till the end”.
Danilo Petrucci will also bid farewell to the Red team at the end of the season. The rider from Terni has no more goals in the standings but this doesn’t mean that he still does not want to get some satisfaction (as happened with the victory at Le Mans) before saying goodbye to the Desmosedici.
“We left Aragón behind, and now we are focused on the next two races in Valencia – declared Petrucci – The Circuit Ricardo Tormo is not one of our ideal race tracks, but this year it is complicated to make any predictions before taking to the track. Michele Pirro was here for a test a few days ago, and the feedback was quite positive, so we arrive in Spain with interesting data at our disposal. These next three Grands Prix for sure will be demanding, but I am determined to let that these three last races with Ducati will leave us positive memories”.