Andrea Dovizioso returns to the place of his success last Sunday, where he scored the 50th win for the Ducati that he has decided to leave at the end of the year. Last weekend was by no means a normal one, farewell on Saturday and triumph on Sunday.
"It was strange - admits the man from Forlì - but not so much for my future, from that point of view I am calm, but for the fact that there were neither my fans nor friends".
Now he starts as favourite for this Sunday’s race, even though the analytic Dovi prefers to keep his feet firmly on the ground.
“In the race you always learn something more than in practice, so we will try something different - he explains - I was fast, but I still don't feel comfortable in the middle of the corner and at the exit. And then, I think some rivals this Sunday will be stronger, angrier because they didn’t get what they wanted”.
However, Andrea seems ready to face them. In the meantime, the incident between Zarco and Morbidelli and what can be done to improve safety are still the main topics in the run-up to the race.
“It's difficult but we have to try - Dovizioso reflects - I think we can improve in terms of penalties when you go off the track. Putting the asphalt on the outside of the curves has made the tracks safer, but in that way, you push harder knowing you won't find gravel. But that is a certainty, you mustn't use it to go faster, so I would inflict heavier penalties for those who do it ”.
His final considerations are for curves 2 and 3 of the Red Bull Ring, unanimously recognized as the critical points of the track.
“It is clear that they are much more dangerous, but I also think it is also difficult to make each circuit completely safe. I think the changes to the barriers at turn 3 made for this GP are important”.