Andrea Dovizioso excited by Ducati challenge

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Andrea Dovizioso says he is excited to be part of Ducati’s MotoGP effort and confident he can achieve top results on the struggling Desmosedici having spoken publicly about his two-year deal in Brno today.

Just how long that excitement and confidence lasts remains to be seen with the Italian the latest high profile rider to gamble his reputation on taming the Desmosedici that flummoxed the likes of Marco Melandri and Valentino Rossi.

Dovizioso will leave the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad at the end of 2012 to partner American Nicky Hayden and he said: “It was a big decision and I am so happy and so excited to be part of the Ducati project. I spoke with (Gabriele) del Torchio (Ducati President) and (Filippo) Preziosi (Ducati Corse General Manager) and they explained me the project and the coming of Audi, so it looks there are many things to get a result.  I hope and I am confident that we can work together to get the results. I can’t say anything more because nobody can know exactly how the bike is and how Ducati is if you don’t try. I can’t say nothing about Ducati because my experience before coming to Yamaha from Honda I thought many things about Yamaha but it wasn’t true because it is only when you are on the bike that you can understand the real positives and negatives. There is no reason to think about too much about the bike. You can speak with somebody and sure they can tell you his ideas but it doesn't change. I think the project is really big and important.”

Dovizioso said the potential influence of new Ducati owners Audi played a vital part in his decision-making process and he added: “Everything Audi has made they have made important results, so this is something really important for the project for the next two years with Ducati. It is one of the points that gave me the feeling to say yes.”

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Matthew Birt

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