Dovizioso: We've improved more than expected
19 March 2014 – Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso is convinced the squad has reduced the gap over the winter and he reckons they will be ‘quite competitive’ in Qatar with the new Desmosedici GP14.
“I am very satisfied with how the winter tests went, because we managed to improve more than we expected,” he stated ahead of this weekend's 2014 MotoGP season opener. “Now the GP14 is easier to handle and by making a few changes to the bike, we managed to set some interesting times.”
“The Losail circuit is very strange though,” he warned, “because of the wind that often blows sand onto the track, and in addition it’s a night race. The track is long and fast and it’ll be interesting to see how well we go there with the new bike.”
“I’m sure I can be quick over one lap, however, especially because last year I managed to go well in qualifying. Maybe the race will be a bit more difficult than practice, but I think we can be quite competitive at Losail. For sure we have reduced the gap to the others,” he concluded.