When last year the Ducati has decided to bet on Dovizioso to start a new path in MotoGP, after Rossi's goodbye, many wondered if that was the best choice. The rider from Forlì seemed a to similar rider to his predecessor, grown up on the Japanese bikes, like Rossi first with Honda, then with Yamaha and with a style too clean for Desmodieci. In few words, not someone like Stoner,able to ride in a totally opposite way and, teorically, more suitable to the Red. Besides, he didn't have the curriculum of his predecessor, only a victory in the premier class but on his side he had a widely recognised high sensibility and ability as a tester .
Dovi surprised, he threw himself headlong into the new adventure, he didn't let himself to be demoralized by the news that he would have started the season with the 'old' material , which is something that would have discouraged more than one of his collegues. He has been able to stand out in the garage, as a leader should do, without arguing but not surrending or complaining too much. We saw the results and he would deserved without any doubt the podium at Le Mans.