When it's pointed out to Dovizioso that Marquez has tested a new frame, while he had only setups to work on, the Italian answers with a smirk: “that's not nice” . Marc's Honda already seems close to perfection, but the Japanese continue to work flat out. Things in Borgo Panigale are meanwhile very quiet, despite its riders agreeing that the bike needs improvement in terms of its corner speed.
“I knew we wouldn't have anything big to test here, but we have less and less tests and need to make the most of every opportunity- explains Andrea - Also, having already found a good base, it's increasingly hard, but we have to do it”.
When? Perhaps at the mid-June test at Barcelona?
“In Ducati they don't make such long-term plans- laughs Dovi - Pirro continues to work hard to test new elements and if he finds something interesting, we might introduce it during a race weekend”.
Also because, up against Marquez and Honda, nothing can be left to chance.
“I don't believe that he, or Rins, or the Yamahs will have many highs and lows this season. They'll be a constant presence at the front - thinks Dovi - But I think I can fight and better than I have in the last two races when I finished 4th. I don't know if Alex's arrival in the group is a good thing, there are four very different bikes fighting and this can lead to unexpected situations. Adapting to the tyres and the tracks makes the difference, it's interesting in a certain sense”.
There is also no room for error. Marquez was quick to say how comfortable he felt on the bike today.
“That's nothing new - comments Andrea - If he says so, we have to believe him, but we'll have to wait and see whether he gets on well at every track. In today's test, I collated some useful data and I was also fast, but everyone always is on Monday, it's easy to improve the day after the race. The important thing is to work on ourselves and I assure you that I am doing that”.