MotoGP: Riders tip Dovi for ninth in a row potential

Published: 22 September 2016

The frontrunners of the MotoGP have tipped Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso as the most likely contender to continue the incredible streak of different winners the championship is currently undergoing.

Asked at the press conference for the Aragon Grand Prix who is most likely to succeed Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Jack Miller, Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone, Cal Crutchlow, Maverick Viñales and Dani Pedrosa, Marquez tipped the Italian – a decision that the others quickly agreed with.

“It’s difficult, but why not Dovizioso? He’s always very close and has finished second many times!”

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However, with the 2016 season being so topsy-turvy, his Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa was quick to caution that this year, almost anyone is capable of success.

“For sure it’s difficult to know, but of the theoretical riders that haven’t won, Dovi is the one. But like we’ve seen this year, in some of these flag to flag races, some other riders that aren’t normally so close to the win can be there!”

And that’s a sentiment that Valentino Rossi concurred with – saying that even the returning Nicky Hayden, replacing an injured Jack Miller, could be a wildcard threat to them all.

“It has happened once before, with Bayliss in Valencia in 2006 – a race that I remember very well! I’m happy to see Nicky here because he’s a good guy, and I think he’ll feel comfortable with Michelins, because he was always fast in the past on them. He can make a good race on them.”

However, the Italian himself was a lot more reserved on the issue, telling MCN that although he’s pushing to win, it could be a big ask.

“I’m really happy if people are thinking about me winning, because it’s always difficult to win in MotoGP. But it depends on which way you want to see that, because for sure we’re not too far away that we can’t think about it – but in normal conditions it was just Austria where we had the chance to win.

“It’s difficult to think that we’re going to win every weekend, but for sure I’ll try until the end of the year. In any conditions, in the dry but also in the wet, because a few riders have won in tricky conditions.”

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