MotoGP: Tardozzi ‘we can call him Professor Dovi’

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 Ducati MotoGP boss Davide Tardozzi has admitted that Sunday’s race went perfectly to the plan that Andrea Dovizioso had laid out to his squad beforehand, as he delivered a flawless victory over Marc Marquez in the last corner at the Austrian Grand Prix.

But while the race looked like somewhat of an on track scrabble for positioning, Tardozzi says that Dovi knew all along what it would take to win at the Red Bull Ring.

Now we can call him Professor Dovi because the strategy he had during the race was fantastic. When he was overtaken by Marc it was on purpose. Everything Dovi did was because he knew the race would be like this. We discussed the race before the start and Dovi was clear what was going to happen and that's how it turned out.  Dovi did exactly what told us he would do."


"Dovi doesn't need too many psychology people around him. He needs people that think with him about the strategy and what to do. He has a group doing this and he is focussed with them and sharing ideas. Dovi has the right attitude and beating Marquez in the final corner is not something everybody can do."

And while Dovizioso admitted after the race that the bike is still far from a finished project, former World Superbike race winner Tardozzi says that the new aerodynamic fairing they’ve rolled out in recent rounds shows that the pieces are starting to come together.

"It is a very important victory because we feel we have been title contenders since Mugello but it seems no one believed we that it was possible. But on Sunday Dovi proved he can be a challenger.

"The winglets we had last year are absolutely different from what we have now and today we again proved we are looking to the future of motorbikes and not the old style. Even now the other factories are following us. Before they blamed us for what we were doing and now they are following what we are doing. This is good for us even though we think that we still have something to learn from the Japanese factories."

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer