It's time to fight back, because the pile-up at Jerez has caused him to lose ground, now 23 points behind Marc Marquez in fact. Despite the gap from the Spaniard, Andrea Dovizioso is trying to keep his title hopes alive, especially after last week's Mugello tests.
The Italian appears relaxed: "If we look at how competitive we were at Jerez, I’m convinced we can also go well at Le Mans, and so from this point of view I’m pretty unfazed. In today’s MotoGP you can’t afford to lose too many points, and so the zero we picked up in Spain is a big setback."
Andrea has no intention of quitting though:“After the performance we demonstrated in the race on a track that on paper was not favourable for us, I believe that we have put the frighteners on our rivals just a little bit more. So I’m confident we can also do a good race in France.”
On the other side of the garage is Jorge Lorenzo, also keen to making up for the disappointment of his home race: “After what happened at Jerez I can’t wait to race at Le Mans. As I said after the race, despite the crash I think that the information we picked up during the Spanish GP was very positive."
Jorge sums up the latest weekend: “We worked well throughout the weekend and improved my feeling with the Desmosedici GP. In the race, even though I didn’t have the best pace, I showed I was one of the quickest riders out there and this should be our starting point in every grand prix."
#99 has already won at Le Mans on five occasions: “The aim at Le Mans will be the same as always: to be competitive right from day 1 and be able to fight up at the front in the race. I’m full of energy and anxious to race on Sunday at a circuit where I’ve won many times in the past."