Just one point. This is all that separates Andrea Dovizioso from Marc Marquez as they head into the Jerez round. The Spanish track is one at which the Italian has suffered in the past, his best result a fifth place finish.
But Dovi does demonstrate a certain confidence this season: “We come to the first European round of the season first in the standings, a situation that is clearly much better than last year, and this is certainly positive."
Competition is stiff though, with several riders close together in the standings: “We managed the first three rounds well, but we could also see that our rivals are all really fast. In November last year we did a good test at the Jerez circuit and the new asphalt had good grip, but it was colder then so we will have to wait for Friday to get a better idea of the track conditions.”
There is expectation with regard to Jorge Lorenzo, following his rather lackluster season start: “After the difficult race at Austin it’s now time to change the situation and I come to Spain determined to do well. The Jerez circuit is one of my favourite tracks and I’ve got some good memories here, including my first podium for Ducati last year."
#99 hopes for something of a turnaround in terms of performance: “I think it is the right circuit to begin to reverse the early season trend and it will be important to begin well on Friday and see what the track surface is like with the new asphalt. We’re working hard and we must continue to think positively. I don’t intend to give in."