Dovi explains Ducati struggles

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Andrea Dovizioso has had a difficult summer aboard the Ducati and his early season form now seems very distant. In Germany he struggled with a lack of mid-corner grip and eventually had to settle for sixth at the flag after a late race fight with Dani Pedrosa.

When asked about the problems facing Ducati “Desmo Dovi” said:

“It was very bad in the middle of the corner, the biggest limit was in the middle of the corner,” said the Italian. “I couldn't push. My speed in the middle of the corner was very bad. Everybody couldn't push in the race because the condition and the grip was very low, but for us, the limit is bigger than the competitive, so we struggle a little bit more. Anyway, overall the race is not too bad, because if we check some other competitor, take a lot of seconds, so it means the condition was difficult, and the base of our bike is good, but not enough to stay in front.

“The weak point was the middle of the corner, the speed in the middle of the corner, especially when I saw Valentino. He wasn't so fast, but where he was faster was in the middle of the corner. So the bike doesn't turn as good as Yamaha and Honda, and when the grip is low like here, you can't put the force to try to turn the bike, so if the bike turn better, make different. That was the biggest limit here, especially when I was behind Valentino.”

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Steve English

By Steve English