Dovi dis­ap­pointed with slow progress

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While Jorge Lorenzo might be pleased with the progress be­ing made by the Bologna firm’s en­gi­neers, his team­mate An­drea Dovizioso came away from Phillip Is­land de­cid­edly dis­grun­tled with his 2017-spec­i­fi­ca­tion ma­chine.

Pleased with the fact that they’re at least closer to the front than last year, he says the new bike doesn’t have what it takes to turn him and Lorenzo from oc­ca­sional race win­ners into gen­uine ti­tle con­tenders.

“It de­pends in which way you want to see the test, be­cause if you com­pare it to last year’s then I was more com­pet­i­tive in Malaysia and more com­pet­i­tive here even though it’s one of my worst tracks. I’m happy, with that, happy with the work that the team and I have done, and we’re quite fast.

“But we didn’t do enough to tackle the neg­a­tive points of the bike, and if I look at the cham­pi­onship then I know we haven’t done enough to be com­pet­i­tive at ev­ery track. The prob­lem isn’t the speed, but the grip at Phillip Is­land was less be­cause of the tem­per­a­tures, and the turn­ing made a big ef­fect. So we can be very strong in some ar­eas, but not in oth­ers.”

And with the open­ing round of the cham­pi­onship only a month and three test­ing days away, the 2016 race win­ner also ad­mit­ted that it’s un­likely that they’re go­ing to see dra­matic im­prove­ments from the ma­chine this side of the sea­son’s open­ing three fly­away races.

‘We haven’t done enough to be com­pet­i­tive at ev­ery track’

AN­DREA DOVIZIOSO

Oc­ca­sional wins aren’t enough for Dovi, he wants to challenge for the ti­tle

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