WE’VE HIT OUR TWOWIN TARGET
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.