Dovizioso: Motegi could be better for Ducati
23 October 2013 – Andrea Dovizioso reckons his Ducati GP13 could go a better bit in the MotoGP event in Motegi this weekend.
Dovizioso was only ninth in Australia last Sunday and only eighth in Malaysia prior to that and he is now hoping for a strong showing in the final leg of the overseas tripleheader.
“Motegi is a track that I like, but we’ll have to see what the temperature is like there,” said the Italian, who has finished on the podium there in all three classes - including taking a victory in the 2004 125cc GP.
“It seems that it might be colder than usual, and I think our bike could go a bit better there than it did in Malaysia and Australia.
“I really hope so because we must reduce the gap to the leaders,” added the Ducati Team rider.
Team-mate Nicky Hayden, however, isn’t anticipating a great weekend and admits the Japanese circuit is not one of his favourites.
“This is a special race. There’s a lot of tradition and history in Japan and the fans there are great, which makes it a lot of fun. But it hasn’t been a great track for me,” he explained.
“In fact I’ve struggled a lot there, so it will be tough. Because of the stop-and-go layout, the bikes tend to wheelie, and I’ve struggled [previously] to take advantage of the Ducati’s power.”