Andrea Dovizioso is confident that the strengths of the Ducati will suit Brno, but states that solely this ‘won’t be enough’ to catch Yamaha.
Dovizioso is under pressure from Ducati to perform to catch up to the Yamaha’s in one of the most open championship seasons we will ever see. The Yamaha duo of Quartararo and Vinales currently sit in P1 and P2 overall in the standings, Dovizioso will be looking to capitalise on the absence of Marquez to close the gap to the front with Ducati’s eyes on their first title since 2007.
The red missile was beaten across the weekend by the Pramac duo of Miller and Bagnaia who crashed and suffered mechanical issues in the Andalusia GP with Bagnaia missing out of his first podium.
Bagnaia’s form is giving himself a front-row seat to a new deal, potentially with the factory Ducati team, pending on the outcome of Dovizioso and Ducati’s talks.
“It was good to have a week off to rest, before three consecutive race weekends that will be very challenging for everyone, Brno is a track that will allow us to take advantage of the strengths of our Desmosedici GP bike, but this won’t be enough because we will have to start strong immediately since Friday’s free practices.
“In Jerez we worked well, improving day by day and now we have to consolidate what we have learned so far in the next three races. It should also not be as hot as in the two Jerez GPs, and I think that too will be on our side. I have high expectations from this GP.” Said the Italian.
Dovizioso currently sits 24 points behind championship leader Quartararo meaning a strong performance in Brno and Austria will allow him to catch the Yamaha and also improve his chances of a 2021 contract.
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