Dovizioso aiming big for new season

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Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso says it’s time for him and the Italian manufacturer to start aiming big for the upcoming season, after a strong winter of development and testing.

Working to refine a whole new machine, now totally without any traces of the issues that has plagued the Desmosedici machines in the past, the Italian rider is keen to get going in next month’s final pre-season test.

“I am really excited about the 2016 championship, because we have a very important season ahead of us. This will be my fourth year in Ducati, and I believe that we have everything we need to aim big, especially after all the work we’ve been doing over the winter.

“I immediately found a good feeling with the Desmosedici GP, and I could see the positive aspects of the new bike. We still need a bit more time to fully adapt to the new Michelin tyres, but the early feelings are very good and so I’m optimistic.”

Last week’s Phillip Island test saw Dovi finish the three days in a disappointing eleventh overall, but he was nonetheless keen to stress to MCN that the times don’t reflect the development work done at the Australian track by the team.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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