MotoGP: Tough weekend ahead for Ducati

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The Ducati MotoGP duo of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso have admitted that they believe they’re in for a tough weekend at this weekend’s German round of the series at Sachsenring.

Always a difficult weekend for the Ducati Desmosedici and it’s high-power characteristics, Dovi admitted that he’s not expecting a huge amount from the weekend.


“I think the layout of the Sachsenring track is not ideal for the characteristics of our Desmosedici GP bike, because it has a lot of long left-hander corners where you have to keep the throttle partially open and our bike is not yet perfect in these conditions.

“In any case you never know until first practice because it might be better with the different tyre this year. It could be like Assen in the dry, where we were very competitive.”

The other Andrea on the opposite side of the garage is more upbeat ahead of the weekend, though, after a good weekend on the red bike last time out in Assen.

“The Sachsenring circuit hasn’t been particularly kind to us over the last few years, but hopefully we will improve this year because the bike is much better. In the past we also had a bit of difficulty on the Assen track, but this year we were competitive all through the weekend, so I’m sure we can do a good race in Germany.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer