Andrea Dovizioso did not fail at the Red Bull Ring. After a not particularly encouraging start to the season, the man from Forlì, who announced that he would be leaving Ducati at the end of the year, took advantage of the Ducati-friendly track and is now starting as firm favourite for the Styrian GP, which will be held on the same track. It’s a great opportunity for Dovi, especially looking at the classification and the difficulties of the Yamahas in Austria, because Quartararo is now only 11 points away.
This does not mean that everything will be easy however as Suzuki and KTM have shown that they can give the top guys a hard time, and in addition the weather could hold surprises.
"After last Sunday's victory, I was able to disconnect a little bit during these three days, and now I'm preparing again for the second GP at the Red Bull Ring. Last Sunday's race will be a good reference to try to fight again for the victory, and now we have also understood that many of our rivals are strong and that they also have the potential to win. We've improved a lot in braking, but we can take another step forward by working on other aspects. The weather conditions will be decisive, and as we have already seen, they can change a lot of times during the weekend.”
Danilo Petrucci, on the other hand, did not show his true potential even at the Red Bull Ring, with a 7th place finish that left a bitter taste in his mouth. Last weekend, the rider from Terni also paid for a bad qualifying session, an area where he absolutely needs to improve.
"Racing for two consecutive weekends on the same race-track helps, because you get to the second race most prepared, with clear ideas and a clear goal: improving the result of the previous weekend. I know I can stay with the front riders, but I need to qualify better. It is the key to not having to recover positions during the race. I am confident that we will leave Austria with more positive feelings."