Dovizioso braced for 'more difficult' event
19 October 2017 – Andrea Dovizioso expects a "more difficult" situation in his title fight with Marc Márquez at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, but has urged his Ducati outfit to keep pushing.
Dovizioso is in the midst of his best ever MotoGP campaign, having taken five wins, most recently in Japan last weekend, where he prevailed in a thrilling scrap against reigning champion Márquez.
Dovizioso's triumph cut Márquez's advantage to just 11 points, with only three rounds remaining, but he has taken just one podium finish in Australia, when he placed third in 2011.
However, he has stressed that he and Ducati must maximise every opportunity in order to boost their title prospects.
"For sure, Phillip Island is one of Marquez's favourite tracks," Dovizioso commented.
"The situation will probably be a bit more difficult for us, but last year we did a good race and so we must try and work in the best possible way throughout the weekend.
"There are now just three rounds left until the end and anything can happen: we must try and always be fast at every circuit and in every condition.
"On paper we are not favourites for the win in Australia but we'll be fighting as hard as ever."
Márquez, meanwhile, is confident of a stronger performance on a "better track" for Honda's RC213V.
"We go to Australia very motivated after Japan, where we scored good points at a track that's normally tough for us, and in quite difficult conditions," he said.
"I really look forward to this weekend because Phillip Island is an incredible racetrack, one of my favourite.
"It's difficult because it's very physical, with many hard and fast changes in direction, but I enjoy it a lot every year and generally I think it's a better track for us than Motegi."