EX­PERT OPIN­ION ‘Du­cati goes straight to top’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - RANDY MAMOLA

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’

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