Lorenzo: ‘I won’t fail at Du­cati’

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Andrea Dovizioso says heõs rel­ish­ing the chal­lenge of lin­ing up along­side new team-mate Jorge Lorenzo on the fac­tory Du­cati GP17 ma­chine come Qatar. Heõs keen to beat his team-mate, but also thinks he can learn a lot from him.

He said: Òitõll be a big chal­lenge com­par­ing my­self to Jorge, and I know itõll be dif­fi­cult, but I think IÕM in a good sit­u­a­tion with my ca­reer, de­spite be­ing 30 years old, and IÕM ex­cited about the chal­lenge ahead.

Òour goal is to chal­lenge for the podium ev­ery week­end, but IÕM still not 100% con­vinced that itõll hap­pen. Itõs some­thing spe­cial to re­ally fight for it ev­ery week­end and weõve not man­aged that yet. The engi­neers have worked a lot through the win­ter, and Gigi has a lot of things ready to try and im­prove in ev­ery area from Malaysia.

Ògigi took a risk and brought Jorge here. Thatõs a chal­lenge be­cause for sure he ex­pects to win. But itõs nice to see Gigi with this con­fi­dence. It means that he be­lieves in the pro­ject, his engi­neers and rid­ers. Weõre miss­ing some­thing but itõs not im­pos­si­ble to get it.ó

Teacher’s pet? Dovizioso, right, ex­pects to learn a lot from his new team-mate

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