EXPERT OPINION ‘Ducati goes straight to top’
The win couldn’t come at a better time for Ducati. And Sunday was a great day for Italian fans with Migno, Pasini and Dovi all up on the podium in the three races.
There is a stigma attached to the Ducati, because it’s a type of motorcycle that has to be ridden in a different way and even Dovi, who has ridden it for a long time, knows that. There are times when the character of the bike is unbreakable but there are times when things go in your favour – like when there is a long straight. It worked for Dovi today, but you have to be mentally ready for when it is achievable to be able to get the win. Brno and Austria could be close and maybe they’ll make the right tyre choice for those venues to make the little difference they need. It is all about confidence. When Jorge had a new tyre at the start of the race he was ok but once the tyre goes down, his style won’t allow the bike to perform.
When Jorge gets into traffic he goes into his own mode of riding, and doesn’t try to ride it a different way – it’s like wearing a comfortable shoe. There will be ups and downs for them, and I cringed when he said ‘we have found it now and we got third place,’ because I knew it won’t be that easy.
Last week’s test at Montmelò was good for Ducati but it depends on the track. The Mugello race was a stagnant, tighter race. Most of the guys were at the limit of the front tyre and they had to take risks.
‘Jorge’s style won’t allow the bike to perform’