‘I KNEW THE PROGRESS WOULD PAY’
“This was a massive day for Ducati – it was a fantastic feeling to get our first win in six years, a great one-two by the Andreas, Iannone and Dovizioso.
“There was a big focus on our engine performance, but the latest chassis is also a factor, with better rear grip and improved corner exit turning which is crucial towards the end of a race.
“I’ve felt more part of this team as a test rider and part of the development and the direction more than I could ever imagined at Honda so it’s nice to be back with Ducati winning again.
“I wasn’t nervous watching even when it was tight in the early laps because I knew the potential and how much progress has been made with the Desmosedici.
“The Yamaha game plan was to make things difficult and if they had gotten over the top of the Ducatis in the opening laps it would have made it much tougher to control the outcome.
“I was really impressed when Dovi got to the front and led for 10 laps mid-race and stretched everybody. That put the pressure on Lorenzo and Valentino, on the Yamahas and on their tyres.
“And then it was clear Iannone had made the right tyre choice with the softer compound medium rear. It was a big risk with a potential drop in performance.
“Lorenzo reminded everyone why he has been the most consistent rider over the past eight years. I find it incredible how people forget what Jorge is capable of after a couple of difficult races.
“It was a great day. Ducati riders swept the podium; Jorge was third and is already signed to be with us next year!”
‘Ducati swept the podium and Jorge is signed to be with us’ CASEY STONER