In its last three outings, the Borgo Panigale bike has proved to have an extra gear. First came Dovizioso's win at Brno, and then it was Lorenzo's turn at the Red Bull Ring, with a pole position thrown in at Silverstone. The Majorcan is in good shape, the fact he lies third in the championship only confirming this.
It's now time for Misano and #99 hopes to play a starring role: “After missing a GP, we can’t wait to tackle this race and demonstrate that we can fight for good results until the end of the season. Misano is a circuit that I like a lot, and also the test we did there on August 19th was positive and it will allow us to start practice from a competitive base."
Misano aside, the recent tests at Aragon were also important: “the test gave good results and helped us to keep in good shape with the bike, which is always useful. It’s sure to be a hard-fought race because here a lot of riders go really well, and I expect it’s going to be an exciting weekend. My feelings are good.”
Let's not forget Andrea Dovizioso, lying just one point behind his team-mate: “It’s a pity we couldn’t do the race at Silverstone because we were very competitive and we missed a good opportunity to pick up some points on Marquez. In any case we are excited about Misano because the two tests there and at Aragón in the last few weeks went really well and we confirmed that we are competitive on both tracks, so we are now very confident about this weekend."
In 2017 the Ducati rider scored his first podium at the Italian track: “The San Marino GP is an important event for us and we want to do well there: last year we got onto the podium in third place, but this year we’re looking to get something more.”
In addition to Lorenzo and Dovizioso, there will be a third Ducati on track this weekend, or rather that of Michele Pirro: “We’re ready for this weekend, which looks as if it’s going to be a really exciting one, especially for me. After my crash at Mugello, coming back to MotoGP is a great satisfaction, and so I’m really happy because I’m back in good physical shape and during the weekend I’ll try and give my maximum. I’m also very satisfied because we’re going well, both with Andrea and Jorge, and this means that our bike is very competitive. My task this weekend will be to develop some updates for the future and I’ll also try and find the speed and pace I had before the crash. It’s going to be a real pleasure to be back on track again with my Ducati in front of all of our fans!"