FRESH DOVI DIS­AS­TER AS DU­CATI STRUG­GLE

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They may have been hog­ging the head­lines fol­low­ing the con­fir­ma­tion that they have signed Jorge Lorenzo for 2017, but Du­cati had noth­ing to write home about at Jerez.

Un­able to ex­tract the most from the Miche­lins af­ter fin­ish­ing sev­enth and top Du­cati, An­drea Ian­none ad­mit­ted that it was much more a case of dam­age lim­i­ta­tion at the slip­pery track.

“When you have less grip, it makes ev­ery­thing dif­fi­cult. We use the rear tyre of the bike a lot, to turn in the cor­ners, and with no grip it was dif­fi­cult to do that. We tried to im­prove it, and to change our style a lit­tle, but hope­fully we don’t have the is­sue at Le Mans!”

And while it was a bad week­end for Ian­none, it was even worse for team­mate An­drea Dovizioso. Once again struck with bad luck, a split water pump spray­ing fluid onto his rear wheel al­most caused him to crash a num­ber of times mak­ing it three con­sec­u­tive races with­out a fin­ish af­ter he was pre­vi­ously skit­tled by Ian­none and Pe­drosa.

To make mat­ters worse, the pres­sure on Dovi and Ian­none over who will stay at Du­cati and part­ner Lorenzo in 2017 con­tin­ues to in­ten­sify. Du­cati boss Da­vide Tar­dozzi claimed they would pick the rider most suited to work­ing with Lorenzo, a state­ment that left Ian­none quick to high­light the sim­i­lar­i­ties in his rid­ing style to that of the reign­ing world cham­pion.

But as spec­u­la­tion con­tin­ues, there has now been an­other name thrown into the mix for the seat, the cur­rently in­jured Danilo Petrucci, rid­ing the top satel­lite Pra­mac Du­cati this year. In line with Du­cati’s de­sire to win at any costs with Lorenzo, Petrucci could be drafted into the squad to act as a sec­ond rider for sup­port and devel­op­ment.

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