He needs to make up the 16 points that he dropped ten days ago at Aragon. Andrea Dovizioso is not making any calculations though, focusing instead on finding those sensations that he's been missing during the last two rounds. The Italian is dreaming of a comeback in Japan, spurred on by the second place finish he scored there last year.
The Ducati rider is therefore optimistic: “Motegi is a special circuit, one of my favourites, because you have to brake very hard and I feel sure that we can be up amongst the frontrunners once again on this track.
His recent performances in the Land of the Rising Sun encourage Dovizioso: “I’m pretty confident because I’ve always scored good results here in MotoGP, twice taking pole and finishing second last year. The next four races will be vitally important in the battle for the title and we’re ready to fight things out right until the very end.”
A man who definitely wants to stand out in Japan is Jorge Lorenzo, who has won on four occasions at the Twin Ring, also scoring four pole positions. The Aragon result confirms the Majorcan's growth on board the GP17: “The podium at Aragon was very important for the team and it confirmed that we are going in the right direction. Now the final part of the season is about to get underway, with three back-to-back fly-away races, and my aim is the same as ever: to fight for the podium and try and get my first win with Ducati. Motegi is one of my favourite tracks, and I’ve managed to win there on a number of occasions in the past.
Jorge is ready to do great things with the red bike: “I think that our bike adapts well to the characteristics of this track and so we’ll have a real possibility of getting a good result.”