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MotoGP, Dovizioso: I'm not obliged to win

"Taking more risks almost never means achieving better results. I need to make up points but I can't afford any more mistakes"

MotoGP: Dovizioso: I'm not obliged to win

With two zeros at Jerez and Le Mans, Mugello could provide Dovizioso with a chance to turn things around. Marquez has extended his championship leads (to 49 points over Andrea) and it's time to react before it's too late. On paper, the Tuscan track is the ideal place at which to start a comeback, Dovi won there last year and the Ducati is at ease through the Mugello corners and particularly along its straight.

You could say that you are obliged to win…
That's what people are expecting (he smiles) but I don't think I'm obliged to win. My approach to the race won't change, taking more risks almost never means achieving better results. As always, you need to put all the pieces together during the weekend, or at least that's how it works for me”.

But you need to reply to Marquez on track…
Of course, with a 49-point disadvantage, it would be positive to start making some up. When possible I need to win, when that's not posible, I can't take risks, I can't risk going him with zero points. generally speaking we need to fight for the podium every time”.

Are you still angry about the Le Mans mistake?
"It took a few days to come to terms with it, but that's normal. I don't look for excuses and it was clearly my mistake. It was a heavy blow mentally speaking but that's only right. Now I have to look ahead, dwelling on it would only limit me”.

Now for Mugello, how will you tackle it?
We're in a different situation to last year, we know we're more competitive and have shown that at both Jerez and Le Mans. Having said that, every weekend is different, we need to interpret the different situations and conditions we find”.

How did the recent tests go?
“Many riders were fast, especially Marquez and Crutchlow. I expect to be competitive this weekend, but our rivals will also be closer than they were one year ago. The tests are hard to evaluate, it depends on the type of work each rider carried out”.

Translated by Heather Watson

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