Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and BMW's Marco Wittman made a surprise visit this week to Akrapovic's Ivanca Gorica factory in Slovenia.
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The ghost of Valentino Rossi is still dragging his chains around a certain race shop in Bologna, Italy.
As some wag said in early 2011, Valentino Rossi's failure at Ducati is such a grand cock-up that it will still be undergoing analysis in 2021.
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New Ducati boss Gigi Dall’Igna says he is looking forward to finally getting the opportunity to work with experienced Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso in 2014.Dall’Igna tried unsuccessfully to sign Dovizoso several times in the past but will now work closely with the former 125GP world champion to try and lead Ducati’s revival after a torrid 2013.
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It is a calm and realistic Andrea Dovizioso, as well as not too subtly disappointed, the rider who is getting ready for the Assen GP. It will be the 194th race in his career and the 7th one with a Ducati, that is improving hardly despite the new frame which has then been rejected by official riders.
"It was good to get on the podium with Yamaha last year, but this year with Ducati it is like facing a new track – "Dovi" said during the press conference – It will depend a lot on the weather, we suffer more when it is hot as seen at Mugello and Barcelona, but here the temperatures should be lower with rain maybe".
Do you expect a better result with a possible weather help?
"It will not be easy. I would love to get a good result for the championship, but we must first try to improve our competitiveness. We are working hard, we also did a lot of tests in Montmeló, but we still have not found the desired improvements and we will run with the same frame. Clearly we have to change our direction ".
Were you expecting such a difficult challenge when you signed?
"No, I knew it would have been difficult. After the first tests I was quite happy with the initial results, but we wanted to improve race after race to diminish the gap from the first ones and up to now we haven’t made it".
MotoGP has lost a yardstick for the sport with the retirement of Casey Stoner, according to new factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.
The Italian said the Australian dual world champion was one of the greatest innovators of the elite series.
Stoner retired last year after becoming disenchanted with the sport and is set to race V8 Supercars this year.
What's interesting about this interview is not that Dovizioso thinks this, but the analytics of why he thinks this...
Italian MotoGP rivals Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso aren't feeling holiday cheer toward each other.
Dovizioso flew to Argentina last week to participate in ceremonies announcing the return of the World Championship to that country starting in 2013 at the Circuito Termas de Rio Hondo. During a wide-ranging interview with regional media, Dovi said he expected Rossi to continue to struggle next season with Ducati.
Word got back to Rossi about Dovi's barb, and The Doctor responded quickly on the most favored platform for pissing matches between athletes and celebrities these days, Twitter....... click on link above for the rest...