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We came close a few times, but it al­ways looked like in the end some­thing went wrong for Dovi. But in Malaysia we had a per­fect week­end – he was con­sis­tently fast, in the rain and in the dry. He made a very clever race with the per­fect strat­egy, and he won be­cause he de­served to win and not be­cause peo­ple in front of him had prob­lems.

We all de­serve it, but he de­serves it more. It’ll give him ex­tra self-con­fi­dence and mo­ti­va­tion for the fu­ture, and that can only be good for the next years we will spend to­gether. I’m happy he fi­nally broke the spell, and I think he can go on to win many more.

Win­ning twice this year was our tar­get, and a bit of an in­joke. We promised our CEO Clau­dio Domeni­cali last year that we would win a race, and when we came close but didn’t make it we promised him that we had to win at least two this year. It’s also nice to have a race win each for both of our rid­ers.

They both had races where they were su­per-com­pet­i­tive, and Dovi was un­lucky in Ar­gentina and Aus­tria, and in Assen he could have won but made a mis­take. There have been many races where we were in a po­si­tion to fight for a win and things didn’t go right, but this is a nice re­ward for the team and for him and his ded­i­ca­tion.

In the three fly­away races, he was sec­ond, fourth and first, and the high­est scor­ing rider of all three. We’re happy with that, and we go to Va­len­cia now with smiles on our faces and with a lot of sat­is­fac­tion.

And to make it the per­fect week­end, Chaz Davies has been in­cred­i­ble at Qatar in WSB. It’s very good for Du­cati – we put a lot of ded­i­ca­tion in de­spite be­ing only a small group of peo­ple, and be­ing able to win races in both cham­pi­onships is good.

Th­ese three fly­away races have a lot of stress and ev­ery­one is tired, but it just takes away all the fa­tigue to come away with a win.

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